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    Towards a Revised Theory of Collective Learning Processes: Argumentation, Narrative and the Making of the Social Bond.Klaus Eder, Marcos Engelken Jorge & Bernhard Forchtner - 2020 - European Journal of Social Theory 23 (2):200-218.
    Societies change; and sociology has, since its inception, described and evaluated these changes. This article proposes a revised theory of collective learning processes, a conceptual framework which addresses ways in which people make sense of and cope with change. Drawing on Habermas’ classic proposal, but shifting the focus from argumentation towards storytelling, it explains how certain articulations allow for collective learning processes, while others block learning processes. More specifically, the article points to narrative genres which organize feelings and shape the (...)
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    The "New Social Movements:" Moral Crusades, Political Pressure Groups, or Social Movements?Klaus Eder - 1985 - Social Research: An International Quarterly 52.
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    Reflexive Secularization? Concepts, Processes and Antagonisms of Postsecularity.Eduardo Mendieta, Klaus Eder & Justin Beaumont - 2020 - European Journal of Social Theory 23 (3):291-309.
    This article deals with the concepts, processes, and antagonisms that are associated with the notion of postsecularity. In light of this article’s expanded interpretation of José Casanova on the secular and secularization, as well as thoughts on James A. Beckford’s take on public religions, five rubrics on the postsecular derived from critical theory and an understanding of ‘reflexive secularization’ are presented. This term focuses on secularization processes and how these practices unleash complementary as well as antagonistic tendencies, a confrontation of (...)
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    A Theory of Collective Identity Making Sense of the Debate on a ‘European Identity’.Klaus Eder - 2009 - European Journal of Social Theory 12 (4):427-447.
    This article argues for a robust notion of collective identity which is not reduced to a psychological conception of identity. In the first part, the debate on the concept of identity raised by several authors is taken up critically with the intention of defending a strong sociological conception of identity which by definition is a collective identity. The basic assumption is that collective identities are narrative constructions which permit the control of the boundaries of a network of actors. This theory (...)
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    The Rise of Counter-Culture Movements Against Modernity: Nature as a New Field of Class Struggle.Klaus Eder - 1990 - Theory, Culture and Society 7 (4):21-47.
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    Cognitive Sociology and the Theory of Communicative Action: The Role of Communication and Language in the Making of the Social Bond.Klaus Eder - 2007 - European Journal of Social Theory 10 (3):389-408.
    A pragmatic cognitive sociology beyond observationism and individualistic reductionism as a way to do sociology as a critical theory and as a positive science is proposed, drawing on the Habermasian theory of communicative action and its radical continuation in Luhmann's concept of the autopoiesis of social systems.
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    The Democratizing Dynamics of a European Public Sphere: Towards a Theory of Democratic Functionalism.Klaus Eder & Hans-Jörg Trenz - 2004 - European Journal of Social Theory 7 (1):5-25.
    The riddle of how to democratize the multi-level polity of the EU is answered by pointing to the empirical impact of an unfolding European public sphere. It is argued that there is a self-constituting dynamic of a European public sphere which abets the coupling of transnational spaces of communication with the institutional integration of the EU. From this perspective, democracy is not external to the EU, it is already part of the logic of European institution-building and governance and is fostered (...)
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    The Public Sphere.Klaus Eder - 2006 - Theory, Culture and Society 23 (2-3):607-611.
    The article situates the issue of the public sphere as a phenomenon that is historically bound and culturally specific. According to this point of view, the Western practices and the Western way of thinking about the public sphere appear as a historically particular way of dealing with the more general phenomenon which is the creation of a social bond beyond the family. Looking at the self-contradictory effects of the ‘modern’ Western public sphere, the question is asked whether the public association (...)
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    Word Recognition as a First Step Towards Natural Language Processing with Artificial Neural Networks.Renate Deffner, Klaus Eder & Hans Geiger - 1990 - In G. Dorffner (ed.), Konnektionismus in Artificial Intelligence Und Kognitionsforschung. Berlin: Springer-Verlag. pp. 221--225.
  10. Evolutionstheorie.Klaus Eder - 2009 - In Hauke Brunkhorst, Regina Kreide & Cristina Lafont (eds.), Habermas-Handbuch. Metzler. pp. 65--68.
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  11. Europe's Borders: The Narrative Construction of the Boundaries of Europe.Klaus Eder - 2006 - European Journal of Social Theory 9 (2):255-271.
    This article argues that the social construction of the borders of Europe is the combined effect of a historical trajectory in which the construction of its outer and its inner boundaries interact. These boundaries make sense to the people because they have a narrative plausibility. On such narrative resonance, real hard borders are grounded. The idea of narrative boundary construction is embedded in a minimalist theory of identity that claims that anything can serve as a boundary within a historically specific (...)
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  12. Making Sense of the Public Sphere.Klaus Eder - 2006 - In Gerard Delanty (ed.), The Handbook of Contemporary European Social Theory. Routledge. pp. 333.
  13. Societies Learn and yet the World is Hard to Change.Klaus Eder - 1999 - European Journal of Social Theory 2 (2):195-215.
    Evolution and learning are two analytically distinct concepts. People learn yet evolution does not necessarily take place. To clarify this problem the concept of learning is explicated. The first problem addressed is the question of who is learning. Here a shift from the single actor perspective to an interaction perspective is proposed. Both, however, idealize the preconditions that interactants share while learning collectively. Against rationalist assumptions it is argued that in order to learn people need a narratively based shared world. (...)
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  14. The EU in Search of its People: The Birth of a Society Out of the Crisis of Europe.Klaus Eder - 2014 - European Journal of Social Theory 17 (3):219-237.
    The article argues that the ‘crisis of Europe’, triggered by market and governance dysfunctionalities, represents a ‘critical moment’ in the evolution of a European society. This society so far does not offer much resistance to such critical moments which is due to its incapacity to form a demos capable of acting together. The existing European society – and this is the basic claim – is nothing but the sum of individuals living in ‘sub-European’ groups. The evolution triggered by this critical (...)
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