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    Explaining Violence ‐ Towards a Critical Friendship with Neuroscience?Larry Ray - 2016 - Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour 46 (3):335-356.
    The neurosciences challenge the ‘standard social science’ model of human behaviour particularly with reference to violence. Although explanations of violence are interdisciplinary it remains controversial to work across the division between the social and biological sciences. Neuroscience can be subject to familiar sociological critiques of scientism and reductionism but this paper considers whether this view should be reassessed. Concepts of brain plasticity and epigenetics could prompt reconsideration of the dichotomy of the social and natural while raising questions about the intersections (...)
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    Globalization and Everyday Life.Larry J. Ray - 2007 - Routledge.
    What's new about globalization? -- Globalization and the social -- Beyond the nation-state? -- Virtual sociality -- Global inequalities and everyday life -- Global terrors.
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  3. Arendt’s ‘Conscious Pariah’ and the Ambiguous Figure of the Subaltern.Maria Diemling & Larry Ray - 2016 - European Journal of Social Theory 19 (4):503-520.
    Hannah Arendt’s Jewish writings were central to her thinking about the human condition and engaged with the dialectics of modernity, universalism and identity. Her concept of the ‘conscious pariah’ attempted both to define a role for the public intellectual and understand the relationship between Jews and modernity. Controversially she accused Jewish victims of lack of resistance to the Nazis and argued that their victimization resulted from apolitical ‘worldlessness’. We argue that although Arendt’s analysis was original and challenging, her characterization of (...)
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    A Moral Theory of Solidarity.Larry Ray - 2018 - Contemporary Political Theory 17 (4):252-255.
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    Aesthetic Theory.Larry Ray - 1990 - International Studies in Philosophy 22 (1):79-80.
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  6. At the End of the Post-Communist Transformation? Normalization or Imagining Utopia?Larry Ray - 2009 - European Journal of Social Theory 12 (3):321-336.
    This article reviews the implications of the collapse of Communism in Europe for some themes in recent social theory. It was often assumed that 1989 was part of a global process of normalization and routinization of social life that had been left behind earlier utopian hopes. Nothing that utopia is open to various interpretations, including utopias of the everyday, this article suggests, first that there were utopian dimensions to 1989, and, second, that these hopes continue to influence contemporary social and (...)
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    ‘Down with Communism – Power to the People’: The Legacies of 1989 and Beyond.Larry Ray & Veronika Stoyanova - 2020 - Social Science Information 59 (3):407-424.
    This special issue brings together reflections on the thirtieth anniversary of the revolutions of 1989 and considers their consequences for our understandings of European and global society. What seemed for some at least the surprising and rapid collapse of Eastern European state socialism prompted rethinking in social theory about the potential for emancipatory politics and new modes of social and political organization. At the same time, there was increased reflection on the nature of varieties of capitalism and the meaning of (...)
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    Foucault, Critical Theory and the Decomposition of the Historical Subject.Larry Ray - 1988 - Philosophy and Social Criticism 14 (1):69-110.
  9. Mark of Cain: Shame, Desire and Violence.Larry Ray - 2013 - European Journal of Social Theory 16 (3):292-309.
    Violence presents a paradox. There is evidence that violence is universal in all in human societies. However, in writing mostly from the standpoint of relatively peaceful social spaces, violence often appears exceptional, and a product of the breakdown of integrating social institutions and conventions. Norbert Elias persuasively identified growing thresholds of repugnance towards violence with the transition to modernity, although understanding the balance between formalization and informalization poses some critical questions about his thesis. The discussion begins with these as a (...)
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    Prisms.Larry Ray - 1987 - International Studies in Philosophy 19 (1):60-61.
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  11. Pragmatism and Critical Theory.Larry Ray - 2004 - European Journal of Social Theory 7 (3):307-321.
    This article discusses Habermas’s project of reformulating Critical Theory through a pragmatic philosophy of communication, while defending post-metaphysical reason and commitment to grounded critique. Habermas’s use of pragmatics is contrasted with Rorty, who argues for a non-foundational pragmatism that eschews the idea of science as the only site of reason and social progress. The argument moves through three stages. First, it outlines Habermas’s project of recovering critical activity with particular attention to his debt to pragmatic philosophy and the departures from (...)
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  12. Reviews : Joan Busfield, Managing Madness: Changing Ideas and Practice London: Hutchinson, 1986; Hardback £25; 406 Pp. [REVIEW]Larry Ray - 1988 - History of the Human Sciences 1 (1):126-129.
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    Racist Offenders and the Politics of 'Hate Crime'.Larry Ray & David Smith - 2001 - Law and Critique 12 (3):203-221.
    In the UK and USA ‘Hate crime’ has become a topic of public controversy and social mobilization around issues of violence and harassment. This has largely but not exclusively addressed racism, homophobia and gender based violence. This article has three objectives. First, to situate hate crime legislation within a broad theory of modernity;secondly to examine the politics of its emergence as a public issue; thirdly to use data from the authors' recent research in Greater Manchester to illuminate the complexity of (...)
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    Systematic Functionalism Revisited.Larry Ray - 1983 - Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour 13 (2):231-242.
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