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  1. The Swedish Space of Lifestyles and Symbolic Domination.Will Atkinson - 2021 - Social Science Information 60 (1):63-85.
    This article constructs a model of the space of lifestyles in Sweden. It does so not simply to test whether its structure conforms to that discovered by Pierre Bourdieu and his colleagues in 1970s’ France, and confirmed by others across the globe, but to examine the extent to which it is wrapped up with symbolic domination. It draws on data from an unusually rich survey of consumption patterns and taste fielded in 2017–2018 and deploys the technique of multiple correspondence analysis (...)
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    Social Representations of Psychology: When Paradoxes Become a Strength.Sabine Caillaud, Valérie Haas & Ewa Drozda-Senkowska - 2021 - Social Science Information 60 (1):131-153.
    This article investigates the understanding by different groups of what psychology is and what psychologists do. We first recall some of the tensions that fuelled the discipline and underpinned its institutionalization in France. Then, drawing on social representations theory and on the wind-rose model, we explore how SR of psychology and of the psychologist are developed in two different groups and when these groups come together. The first study shows how future psychologists construct, during their studies, a paradoxical understanding of (...)
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    On the Difference Between the Social and the Cultural: Reconstructing Historical-Geographical Materialism.Ercan Gündoğan - 2021 - Social Science Information 60 (1):27-62.
    At the background of this article lies the question of how social sciences can internalize spatial and cultural phenomena and, in the most general sense, the ‘principle of difference’. Therefore, it has more than one problem and tries to see many seemingly contradictory phenomena as parts of a whole by employing a complex dialectical method. It looks at the relationships between the following phenomena: social and cultural; natural and cultural; universal and particular; similar and different. The article proceeds according to (...)
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    Stop Evaluating Science: A Historical-Sociological Argument.Olof Hallonsten - 2021 - Social Science Information 60 (1):7-26.
    Although science has been a formidably successful force of social and technological development in the modern era, and a main reason for the wealth and well-being of current societies compared to previous times, a fundamental distrust characterizes its current status in society. According to prevalent discourse, science is insufficiently productive and in need of stricter governance and bureaucratic management, with performance evaluation by the means of quantitative metrics as a key tool to increase efficiency. The basis of this notion appears (...)
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    Honor Killing as a Dark Side of Modernity: Prevalence, Common Discourses, and a Critical View.Arash Heydari, Ali Teymoori & Rose Trappes - 2021 - Social Science Information 60 (1):86-106.
    Honor killing is a serious social problem in some countries that is yet to be adequately explained and addressed. We start with an overview of the conceptualization of this phenomenon and review its global prevalence. We argue that honor killing cannot be fully explained by focusing only on religion and sexism. We present a feminist Durkheimian analysis of honor killing as a form of informal social control and argue that honor killing represents a ‘dark side of modernity’ in which the (...)
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    Evaluating Science: Opening a Debate.David Jaclin & Peter Wagner - 2021 - Social Science Information 60 (1):3-6.
    This article briefly reviews the long-lasting commitment of Social Science Information to the critical analysis of orders of knowledge and the conditions for their creation to, subsequently, reflect on the current co-existence of a plurality of orders of justification across society, including the institutions of knowledge production. Furthermore, it suggests that recent social transformations have accentuated an asymmetry within this plurality, namely towards those forms of judgement that operate with quantitative measures and that are geared towards enhancing performance.
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    Sociology of a Disciplinary Bifurcation: Bruno Latour and His Move From Philosophy/Theology to Sociology in the Early 1970s.Jérôme Lamy - 2021 - Social Science Information 60 (1):107-130.
    This article analyzes Bruno Latour’s transition from theology to sociology between the late 1960s and the mid-1970s. The study cross-analyzes the philosophical field of the 1970s with the progress of interaction rituals specific to disciplinary integration. By examining his Master’s degree in philosophy and a lecture carried out during his thesis, plus the report of his stay in Ivory Coast, it is possible to identify several stages of a disciplinary bifurcation. First anchored to the metaphysical sector of the philosophical field, (...)
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