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  1. Cultural Pragmatics: Social Performance Between Ritual and Strategy.Jeffrey C. Alexander - 2004 - Sociological Theory 22 (4):527-573.
    From its very beginnings, the social study of culture has been polarized between structuralist theories that treat meaning as a text and investigate the patterning that provides relative autonomy and pragmatist theories that treat meaning as emerging from the contingencies of individual and collective action-so-called practices-and that analyze cultural patterns as reflections of power and material interest. In this article, I present a theory of cultural pragmatics that transcends this division, bringing meaning structures, contingency, power, and materiality together in a (...)
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  2. The Discourse of American Civil Society: A New Proposal for Cultural Studies.Jeffrey C. Alexander & Philip Smith - 1993 - Theory and Society 22 (2):151-207.
  3. After Neofunctionalism: Action, Culture, and Civil Society.Jeffrey C. Alexander - 1998 - In Neofunctionalism and After. Blackwell. pp. 210--33.
  4. Theoretical Logic in Sociology.Jeffrey C. Alexander - 1982 - University of California Press, C1982-1982.
     
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    Iconic Consciousness: The Material Feeling of Meaning.Jeffrey C. Alexander - 2010 - Thesis Eleven 103 (1):10-25.
    This article suggests an iconic turn in cultural sociology. Icons can be seen, it is argued, as symbolic condensations that root social meanings in material form, allowing the abstractions of cognition and morality to be subsumed, to be made invisible, by aesthetic shape. Meaning is made iconically visible, in other words, by the beautiful, sublime, ugly, or simply by the mundane materiality of everyday life. But it is via the senses that iconic power is made. This new approach to meaning (...)
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  6. Neofunctionalism and After.Jeffrey C. Alexander (ed.) - 1998 - Blackwell.
    "Neofunctionalism and After" brings together for the first time in one volume all of Alexander's writings on neofunctionalism, the present volume also contains ...
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  7. Theorizing the “Modes of Incorporation”: Assimilation, Hyphenation, and Multiculturalism as Varieties of Civil Participation.Jeffrey C. Alexander - 2001 - Sociological Theory 19 (3):237-249.
  8. The Dark Side of Modernity.Jeffrey C. Alexander - 2013 - Polity Press.
    Social theory between progress and apocalypse -- Autonomy and domination: Weber's cage -- Barbarism and modernity: Eisenstadt's regret -- Integration and justice: Parsons' utopia -- Despising others: Simmel's stranger -- Meaning evil -- De-civilizing the civil sphere -- Psychotherapy as central institution -- The frictions of modernity and their possible repair.
     
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    From the Depths of Despair: Performance, Counterperformance, and “September 11”.Jeffrey C. Alexander - 2004 - Sociological Theory 22 (1):88-105.
    After introducing a perspective on terrorism as postpolitical and after establishing the criteria for success that are immanent in this form of antipolitical action, this essay interprets September 11, 2001, and its aftermath inside a cultural-sociological perspective. After introducing a macro-model of social performance that combines structural and semiotic with pragmatic and power-oriented dimensions, I show how the terrorist attack on New York City and the counterattacks that immediately occurred in response can be viewed as an iteration of the performance/counterperformance (...)
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    Iconic Experience in Art and Life.Jeffrey C. Alexander - 2008 - Theory, Culture and Society 25 (5):1-19.
    This article examines a key question emerging from the strong program in cultural sociology — can art provide a window into social life? An examination of Giacometti's Standing Woman shows that art attempts to express cultural structures via immersion into and through the material surfaces of aesthetic form. Through an analysis of the iconic significance of family photos, furniture and celebrities, the article goes on to suggest that such iconic experience remains at the basis of contemporary social life. It explains (...)
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    Culture Trauma, Morality and Solidarity: The Social Construction of 'Holocaust and Other Mass Murders'.Jeffrey C. Alexander - 2016 - Thesis Eleven 132 (1):3-16.
    Cultural trauma occurs when members of a collectivity feel they have been subjected to a horrendous event that leaves indelible marks upon their group consciousness, marking their memories forever and changing their future identity in fundamental and irrevocable ways. While this new scientific concept clarifies causal relationships between previously unrelated events, structures, perceptions, and actions, it also illuminates a neglected domain of social responsibility and political action. By constructing cultural traumas, social groups, national societies, and sometimes even entire civilizations, not (...)
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    The Long and Winding Road: Civil Repair of Intimate Injustice.Jeffrey C. Alexander - 2001 - Sociological Theory 19 (3):371-400.
  13. Fact-Signs and Cultural Sociology: How Meaning-Making Liberates the Social Imagination.Jeffrey C. Alexander - 2011 - Thesis Eleven 104 (1):87-93.
  14. Three Models of Culture and Society Relations: Toward an Analysis of Watergate.Jeffrey C. Alexander - 1984 - Sociological Theory 2:290-314.
    One of the most important contributions of the Parsonian tradition has been its conceptualization of the relative autonomy and mutual interpenetration of culture and social systems. The first part of this chapter defines three ideal types of empirical relationships between culture and society: specification, refraction, and columnization. Each is related to different configurations of social structure and culture and, in turn, to different degrees of social conflict. The second part of the chapter uses this typology to illuminate critical aspects of (...)
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  15. Positivism, Presuppositions, and Current Controversies.Jeffrey C. Alexander - 1982
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  16. The Antinomies of Classical Thought--Marx and Durkheim.Jeffrey C. Alexander - 1982
     
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  17. On Choosing One's Intellectual Predecessors: The Reductionism of Camic's Treatment of Parsons and the Institutionalists.Jeffrey C. Alexander & Giuseppe Sciortino - 1996 - Sociological Theory 14 (2):154-171.
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    Rethinking Strangeness: From Structures in Space to Discourses in Civil Society.Jeffrey C. Alexander - 2004 - Thesis Eleven 79 (1):87-104.
    Simmel develops his concept of the stranger in an overly structural and reductionist manner. Contrary to Simmel’s suggestion, there is an indeterminate relation between structural exclusion and the attribution of strangeness. After showing that ‘the stranger’ must be rethought in a cultural-sociological way, this essay demonstrates an alternative approach. Articulating a ‘discourse’ that structures Western projections of strangeness, I explore its relation to colonialism, racial and class domination, and national conflict in modern Western history. This approach suggests an alternative, not (...)
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    Analytical Debates: Understanding the Relative Autonomy of Culture.Jeffrey C. Alexander - 1995 - ProtoSociology 7:35-53.
    This essay analyzes the principal approaches to culture which are available in the social sciences today and places these debates within the framework of broader theoretical controversies. On the one hand, it is a critical comparison. On the other hand, it has a systematic dimension that casts these arguments in a cumulative form. While the ambition of this essay is to prepare the way for a critical synthesis, such a task will not be attempted here. Far from being aimed at (...)
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  20. Toward Neo-Functionalism.Jeffrey C. Alexander & Paul Colomy - 1985 - Sociological Theory 3 (2):11-23.
  21. Sociological Theory and the Claim to Reason: Why the End is Not in Sight.Jeffrey C. Alexander - 1991 - Sociological Theory 9 (2):147-153.
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    Theoretical Logic in Sociology. Volume 1: Positivism, Presuppositions, and Current Controversies.Jonathan M. Wiener & Jeffrey C. Alexander - 1985 - History and Theory 24 (1):87.
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    Why Cultural Sociology Is Not ‘Idealist’.Jeffrey C. Alexander - 2005 - Theory, Culture and Society 22 (6):19-29.
    I make use of this reply to McLennan to offer an overall perspective on the development of my work, normatively, empirically and theoretically, and in its earlier neofunctionalist and later cultural-sociological phase. I argue that, despite periodic suggestions that my cultural sociology seeks to push sociology towards an absolute subjectivity, the social-epistemological framework of ‘multidimensionality’ around which I organized my first work, Theoretical Logic in Sociology, still holds. Cultural sociology introduces a method and theory for understanding a dimension of social (...)
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    Shaky Foundations.Jeffrey C. Alexander - 1992 - Theory and Society 21 (2):203-217.
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    The Parsons Revival in German Sociology.Jeffrey C. Alexander - 1984 - Sociological Theory 2:394-412.
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    Civil Societies Between Difference and Solidarity.Jeffrey C. Alexander - 1998 - Theoria 45 (92):1-14.
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    Les Promesses d'Une Sociologie de la Culture. Le Discours Technologique Et la « Machine À Savoir Sacré Et Profane ».Jeffrey C. Alexander - 1991 - Hermes 8:297.
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    Max Weber on Churches and Sects in North America: An Alternative Path Toward Rationalization.Colin Loader & Jeffrey C. Alexander - 1985 - Sociological Theory 3 (1):1-6.
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    Against Historicism/ for Theory: A Reply to Levine.Jeffrey Alexander - 1989 - Sociological Theory 7 (1):118-120.
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    Civil Societies Between Difference and Solidarity.Jeffrey Alexander - 1998 - Theoria 45:1-14.
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  31. Fin de Siáecle Social Theory Relativism, Reduction, and the Problem of Reason.Jeffrey C. Alexander - 1995
  32. Hospital Contract Management: Financial Characteristics of For-Profit and Not-for-Profit Operations.Jeffrey Alexander & Bonnie Lewis - 1985 - Inquiry (Misc) 21:230-242.
     
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    How Do System-Affiliated Hospitals Fare in Providing Community Benefit?Jeffrey A. Alexander, Gary J. Young, Bryan J. Weiner & Larry R. Hearld - 2009 - Inquiry: The Journal of Health Care Organization, Provision, and Financing 46 (1):72-91.
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    Looking for Theory.Jeffrey C. Alexander - 1981 - Theory and Society 10 (2):279-292.
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    Looking for Theory: "Facts" and "Values" as the Intellectual Legacy of the 1970s.Jeffrey C. Alexander - 1981 - Theory and Society 10 (2):279.
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  36. Las paradojas de la sociedad civil.Jeffrey C. Alexander - 1994 - Revista Internacional de Filosofía Política 4:73-89.
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  37. La réduction. Critique de Bourdieu, coll. « Humanités ».Jeffrey Alexander, Frédéric Vandenberghe & Nathalie Zaccaï-Reyners - 2001 - Revue Philosophique de la France Et de l'Etranger 191 (1):73-74.
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  38. Mainstream and Critical Social Theory Classical, Modern, and Contemporary.Jeffrey C. Alexander - 2001
     
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  39. Marxism and the Spirit of Socialism: Cultural Origins of Anti-Capitalism (1982).Jeffrey C. Alexander - 2010 - Thesis Eleven 100 (1):84-105.
  40. Must We Choose Between Criticism and Faith? Reflections on the Later Work of Bernard Barber.Jeffrey C. Alexander - 1991 - Sociological Theory 9 (1):124-128.
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    On the Intellectual Origins of “Strong Program”.Jeffrey Alexander & Dmitry Kurakin - 2010 - Russian Sociological Review 9 (2):5-10.
    In the short preface to the special issue of “Sociological Review” one of the key contemporary sociologists, Jeffrey Alexander, casts a look on the intellectual origins of so called “strong program” in cultural sociology. In particular, Alexander directs his attention to Dilthey’s hermeneutical project which was developed further in the works of Ricouer. Alexander shows briefly that in the masterpieces of classical sociology, i.e. in the famous Weber’s book “The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism,” there are already elements (...)
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  42. On the Social Construction of Moral Universals: The `Holocaust' From War Crime to Trauma Drama.Jeffrey C. Alexander - 2002 - European Journal of Social Theory 5 (1):5-85.
    The following is simultaneously an essay in sociological theory, in cultural sociology, and in the empirical reconstruction of postwar Western history. Per theory, it introduces and specifies a model of cultural trauma - a model that combines a strong cultural program with concern for institutional and power effects - and applies it to large-scale collectivities over extended periods of time. Per cultural sociology, the essay demonstrates that even the most calamitous and biological of social facts - the prototypical evil of (...)
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    Progress and Disillusion: Civil Repair and its Discontents.Jeffrey C. Alexander - 2016 - Thesis Eleven 137 (1):72-82.
    Civil Sphere Theory provides a more dynamic, cultural, and democratically oriented model of contemporary society than either conflict or modernization theory. Civil spheres expand and contract in contradictory ways. Utopian periods of utopian repair trigger defensive efforts that primordialize and exclude. Late 20th century civil repair generated new relations of economic production and more multicultural modes of integration. Early 21rst century reactions have highlighted dangers, demanding more cultural homogeneity amidst rising concerns about inequality. There is increasing disillusionment about the possibility (...)
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    Parsons' "Structure" in American Sociology.Jeffrey C. Alexander - 1988 - Sociological Theory 6 (1):96-102.
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    Strong Program in Cultural Sociology.Jeffrey Alexander, Philip Smith, Svetlana Dzhakupova & Dmitry Kurakin - 2010 - Russian Sociological Review 9 (2):11-30.
    In the paper, which pretends to be a program manifesto, its authors justify a necessity of the new theoretical approach to culture which they call a “strong program” in sociology of culture. While the existing sociological approaches to culture bear a reductionist character, the “strong program” treats culture in terms of its autonomy. After a general review of the sociological conceptions of culture authors analyze the most significant approaches within the “weak program.” In the core section of the paper they (...)
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    Science, Sense, and Sensibility.JeffreyC Alexander - 1986 - Theory and Society 15 (3):443-463.
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  47. Social Science as Reading and Performance: A Cultural-Sociological Understanding of Epistemology.Jeffrey Alexander & Isaac Reed - 2009 - European Journal of Social Theory 12 (1):21-41.
    In the age of the `return to the empirical' in which the theoretical disputes of an earlier era seem to have fallen silent, we seek to excavate the intellectual conditions for reviving theoretical debate, for it is upon this recovery that deeper understanding of the nature and purpose of empirical social science depends. We argue against the all too frequent turn to ontology, whereby critical realists have sought an epistemological guarantor of sociological validity. We seek, to the contrary, to crystallize (...)
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  48. Social Subjectivity: Psychotherapy as Central Institution.Jeffrey C. Alexander - 2009 - Thesis Eleven 96 (1):128-134.
  49. Self, Social Structure, and Beliefs Explorations in Sociology.Jeffrey C. Alexander, Gary T. Marx & Christine L. Williams - 2004
     
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  50. The Arc of Civil Liberation: Obama–Tahrir–Occupy.Jeffrey C. Alexander - 2013 - Philosophy and Social Criticism 39 (4-5):341-347.
    Despite anxieties about the growing power of neo-liberalism, the crisis of the EU and the upsurge of right-wing political movements, it is important to recognize that utopian movements on the left have also in recent years been symbolically revitalized and organizationally sustained. This article analyses three recent social upheavals as utopian civil society movements, placing the 2008 US presidential campaign of Barack Obama, the Egyptian uprising in Tahrir Square and the Occupy Movement in the USA inside the narrative arc that (...)
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