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  1. Jeffrey C. Alexander (2004). Cultural Pragmatics: Social Performance Between Ritual and Strategy. 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. Jeffrey C. Alexander (2001). Theorizing the "Modes of Incorporation": Assimilation, Hyphenation, and Multiculturalism as Varieties of Civil Participation. Sociological Theory 19 (3):237-249.
  3. Jeffrey C. Alexander (2010). Marxism and the Spirit of Socialism: Cultural Origins of Anti-Capitalism (1982). Thesis Eleven 100 (1):84-105.
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  4. Jeffrey C. Alexander (2010). The 'Marxism Project' in The History of Its Times. Thesis Eleven 100 (1):81-83.
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    Jeffrey C. Alexander & Philip Smith (1993). The Discourse of American Civil Society: A New Proposal for Cultural Studies. Theory and Society 22 (2):151-207.
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  6. Jeffrey C. Alexander (1995). Fin de Siáecle Social Theory Relativism, Reduction, and the Problem of Reason.
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    Jeffrey C. Alexander (2004). From the Depths of Despair: Performance, Counterperformance, and "September 11". 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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  8. Jeffrey C. Alexander (2009). Social Subjectivity: Psychotherapy as Central Institution. Thesis Eleven 96 (1):128-134.
  9. Jeffrey C. Alexander (ed.) (1998). Neofunctionalism and After. Blackwell Publishers.
    "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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  10. Jeffrey C. Alexander (2011). Fact-Signs and Cultural Sociology: How Meaning-Making Liberates the Social Imagination. Thesis Eleven 104 (1):87-93.
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  11. Jeffrey C. Alexander (1999). Why We Might All Be Able to Live Together: An Immanent Critique of Alain Touraine's Pourrons-Nous Vivre Ensemble? Thesis Eleven 58 (1):99-105.
  12. Jeffrey C. Alexander (1982). Theoretical Logic in Sociology. Monograph Collection (Matt - Pseudo).
     
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  13. Jeffrey Alexander & Joel Feinberg (1987). The Moral Limits of the Criminal Law, Vol 1. Harm to Others. Ethics 97 (2):414-440.
     
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  14. Jeffrey C. Alexander & Paul Colomy (1985). Toward Neo-Functionalism. Sociological Theory 3 (2):11-23.
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    Jeffrey C. Alexander (2010). Iconic Consciousness: The Material Feeling of Meaning. 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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  16. Jeffrey C. Alexander (1991). Sociological Theory and the Claim to Reason: Why the End is Not in Sight. Sociological Theory 9 (2):147-153.
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    Jeffrey C. Alexander (2001). The Long and Winding Road: Civil Repair of Intimate Injustice. Sociological Theory 19 (3):371-400.
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  18. Jeffrey C. Alexander (1984). Three Models of Culture and Society Relations: Toward an Analysis of Watergate. 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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  19. Jeffrey C. Alexander & Giuseppe Sciortino (1996). On Choosing One's Intellectual Predecessors: The Reductionism of Camic's Treatment of Parsons and the Institutionalists. Sociological Theory 14 (2):154-171.
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  20. Jeffrey C. Alexander (1991). Must We Choose Between Criticism and Faith? Reflections on the Later Work of Bernard Barber. Sociological Theory 9 (1):124-128.
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    Jeffrey C. Alexander (1992). Shaky Foundations. Theory and Society 21 (2):203-217.
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  22. Jeffrey C. Alexander (1987). The Social Requisites for Altruism and Voluntarism: Some Notes on What Makes a Sector Independent. Sociological Theory 5 (2):165-171.
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    Jeffrey C. Alexander (2004). Rethinking Strangeness: From Structures in Space to Discourses in Civil Society. 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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  24. Jeffrey C. Alexander (1982). The Antinomies of Classical Thought--Marx and Durkheim. Monograph Collection (Matt - Pseudo).
     
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    Jeffrey С Alexander (1999). Why We Might All Be Able to Live Together: An Immanent Critique of Alain Touraine's Pourrons-Nous Vivre. Thesis Eleven 58 (1):99-105.
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  26. Jeffrey C. Alexander (1982). Positivism, Presuppositions, and Current Controversies. Monograph Collection (Matt - Pseudo).
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    Jeffrey C. Alexander (1996). Conference on Information-Theoretic Approaches to Logic, Language, and Computation. History of the Human Sciences 18:21.
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  28. Jeffrey C. Alexander (1983). The Modern Reconstruction of Classical Thought -- Talcott Parsons. University of California Press.
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    Jeffrey C. Alexander (1981). Looking for Theory. Theory and Society 10 (2):279-292.
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  30. Jeffrey C. Alexander, Gary T. Marx & Christine L. Williams (2004). Self, Social Structure, and Beliefs Explorations in Sociology. Monograph Collection (Matt - Pseudo).
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    Jeffrey C. Alexander (1986). Science, Sense, and Sensibility. Theory and Society 15 (3):443-463.
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    Jeffrey C. Alexander (1981). Looking for Theory: "Facts" and "Values" as the Intellectual Legacy of the 1970s. Theory and Society 10 (2):279.
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  33. Jeffrey Alexander (1985). Theoretical Logic in Sociology. Vol. 1: Positivism, Presuppositions, and Current Controversies. Ethics 95 (4):951-952.
     
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    Jeffrey C. Alexander (1984). The Parsons Revival in German Sociology. Sociological Theory 2:394-412.
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  35. Jeffrey Alexander (1995). Analytical Debates: Understanding the Relative Autonomy of Culture. ProtoSociology 7.
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    Jeffrey C. Alexander (1998). Civil Societies Between Difference and Solidarity. Theoria 45 (92):1-14.
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    Jeffrey Alexander (1989). Against Historicism/ for Theory: A Reply to Levine. Sociological Theory 7 (1):118-120.
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    Jeffrey C. Alexander (1988). Parsons' "Structure" in American Sociology. Sociological Theory 6 (1):96-102.
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    Colin Loader & Jeffrey C. Alexander (1985). Max Weber on Churches and Sects in North America: An Alternative Path Toward Rationalization. Sociological Theory 3 (1):1-6.
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  40. Jeffrey C. Alexander (1994). Las paradojas de la sociedad civil. Revista Internacional de Filosofía Política 4:73-89.
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    Jeffrey C. Alexander (1991). Les Promesses d'Une Sociologie de la Culture. Le Discours Technologique Et la « Machine À Savoir Sacré Et Profane ». Hermes 8:297.
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  42. Jeffrey C. Alexander (1998). After Neofunctionalism: Action, Culture, and Civil Society. In Neofunctionalism and After. Blackwell Publishers 210--33.
     
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  43. Jeffrey Alexander & Bonnie Lewis (1985). Hospital Contract Management: Financial Characteristics of For-Profit and Not-for-Profit Operations. Inquiry 21:230-242.
     
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  44. Jeffrey A. Alexander, Gary J. Young, Bryan J. Weiner & Larry R. Hearld (2009). How Do System-Affiliated Hospitals Fare in Providing Community Benefit? Inquiry 46 (1):72-91.
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  45. Jeffrey Alexander, Frédéric Vandenberghe & Nathalie Zaccaï-Reyners (2001). La réduction. Critique de Bourdieu, coll. « Humanités ». Revue Philosophique de la France Et de l'Etranger 191 (1):73-74.
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  46. Jeffrey C. Alexander (2001). Mainstream and Critical Social Theory Classical, Modern, and Contemporary. Monograph Collection (Matt - Pseudo).
     
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  47. Jeffrey Alexander & Dmitry Kurakin (2010). On the Intellectual Origins of “Strong Program”. 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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  48. Jeffrey Alexander, Philip Smith, Svetlana Dzhakupova & Dmitry Kurakin (2010). Strong Program in Cultural Sociology. 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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  49. Jeffrey C. Alexander (1983). The Classical Attempt at Theoretical Synthesis Max Weber. Monograph Collection (Matt - Pseudo).
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  50. Jeffrey C. Alexander (2013). The Dark Side of Modernity. 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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