Social Practices: A Wittgensteinian Approach to Human Activity and the Social

Cambridge University Press (1996)
This book addresses key topics in social theory such as the basic structures of social life, the character of human activity, and the nature of individuality. Drawing on the work of Wittgenstein, the author develops an account of social existence that argues that social practices are the fundamental phenomenon in social life. This approach offers new insight into the social formation of individuals, surpassing and critiquing the existing practice theories of Bourdieu, Giddens, Lyotard, and Oakeshott. In bringing Wittgenstein's work to bear on issues of social theory the book shows the relevance of his work to a body of thought to which it has never been applied. The book will be of particular interest to philosophers of the social sciences, a wide range of social theorists in political science and sociology, as well as some literary theorists.
Keywords Sociology Philosophy  Social sciences Philosophy
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Call number HM51.S3455 1996
ISBN(s) 9780521560221   0521560225   0521062268
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