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Feeling and form in social life

Author: Lloyd E Sandelands
Publisher: Lanham [MD.] : Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, ©1998.
Series: Postmodern social futures.
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Feeling and Form in Social Life shows how a vigorous and practical science of society can be built. Drawing in part from the philosophy of Susanne Langer, Lloyd Sandelands reveals human societies to be forms of life known intuitively as feelings of a whole rather than as observed interactions of persons. These feelings, which are personal and subjective, are made public and objective by the uniquely human capacity  Read more...
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Sandelands, Lloyd E., 1955-
Feeling and form in social life.
Lanham [MD.] : Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, ©1998
(OCoLC)654546873
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Lloyd E Sandelands
ISBN: 0847687163 9780847687169 0847687171 9780847687176
OCLC Number: 37397915
Description: xii, 207 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Contents: pt. 1. Puzzles. 1. Introduction --
pt. 2. Life, Feeling, and Idea. 2. Society Alive. 3. The Feeling of Society. 4. The Idea of Society --
pt. 3. Society in Body and Art. 5. Body and Society. 6. A Turn to Art --
pt. 4. Art and Society Together. 7. Art and Society in the Act. 8. Art and Society Made Object --
pt. 5. Promises. 9. Toward a Social Science.
Series Title: Postmodern social futures.
Responsibility: Lloyd Sandelands.

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Feeling and Form in Social Life shows how a vigorous and practical science of society can be built. Drawing in part from the philosophy of Susanne Langer, Lloyd Sandelands reveals human societies to be forms of life known intuitively as feelings of a whole rather than as observed interactions of persons. These feelings, which are personal and subjective, are made public and objective by the uniquely human capacity for artistic abstraction. Through art, people turn invisible feelings and forms of society into visible objects and performances that can be shared and studied scientifically. The book brings this idea of society to life with diverse examples of social feelings and forms expressed in a stadium chant, folk dance, gift ritual, tree symbol, photograph, and organizational chart. Sandelands concludes with a powerful discussion of the implications of this idea for expanding the scope of social science and for resolving its persistent underlying confusions.

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