Modern Social Theory: Key Debates And New Directions by Dr Derek Layder, Derek Layder

By Dr Derek Layder, Derek Layder

This ebook is meant for undergraduate classes in social idea for moment and 3rd 12 months sociology scholars, in addition to postgraduate and educational researchers. Secondary markets comprise social psychology, social geography, social anthopology, cultural reports.

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Thus it operates much closer to the borders of the unconscious and conscious awareness and is more prone to tacking back and forth between them than is practical consciousness. In effect we are talking of an intermediate form of awareness between the unconscious and practical consciousness as defined by Giddens. The emotional dimension of human action, therefore, should not be confused or conflated with the cognitive “aura” of practical consciousness. It has less to do with the possession of a kind of knowledge and more do with the predisposition to present oneself to others and to deal with them in a certain manner based on the kind of person one is.

That is, if challenged, a person would not be able to put into words what was actually going on in terms of emotional consequences and intensities and why particular affects had been mobilized by various parties. The contours of everyday life 27 This indicates that people engage in emotion work below the level of what Giddens calls “discursive consciousness” and in fact goes on at a level that has more in common with what he calls “practical consciousness”. This involves what people know or believe about the social circumstances and conditions under which they act, but which they cannot express discursively.

These are first those concerning positional and hierarchical (including distributional) features of social structure reflected in categories such as class, gender and race. Thus an individual’s location within these hierarchies confers advantages and disadvantages of a material, cultural and status kind according to one’s exact position (subordinate or super-ordinate) and the particular hierarchy in question. Other factors that significantly influence the relationship between these hierarchies, such as the family, the economy and the state (Seve 1978, Leonard 1984) also interrelate with them to solidify and cross-cut the social divisions they engender.

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