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Resonance, a sociology of our relationship to the world

Author: Hartmut Rosa; James C Wagner
Publisher: Cambridge, UK ; Medford, MA, USA : Polity Press, [2019] ©2019
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : English editionView all editions and formats
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The pace of modern life is undoubtedly speeding up, yet this acceleration does not seem to have made us any happier or more content. If acceleration is the problem, then the solution, argues Hartmut Rosa in this major new work, lies in "resonance." The quality of a human life cannot be measured simply in terms of resources, options, and moments of happiness; instead, we must consider our relationship to, or  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Hartmut Rosa; James C Wagner
ISBN: 1509519890 9781509519897
OCLC Number: 1078884565
Notes: "First published in German as "Resonanz: Eine Soziologie der Weltbeziehung" © Suhrkamp Verlag, Berlin, 2016"--Title page verso.
Description: xiv, 554 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: pt. 1: The basic elements of human relationships to the world --
Bodily relationships to the world --
Appropriating world and experiencing world --
Emotional, evaluative, and cognitive relationships to the world --
Resonance and alienation as basic categories of a theory of our relationship to the world --
pt. 2: Spheres and axes of resonance --
Introduction: spheres of resonance, recognition, and the axes of our relationship to the world --
Horizontal axes of resonance --
Diagonal axes of resonance --
Vertical axes of resonance --
pt. 3: Fear of the muting of the word: a reconstruction of modernity in terms of resonance theory --
Modernity as the history of a catastrophe of resonance --
Modernity as the history of increasing sensitivity to resonance --
Deserts and oases of life: modern everyday practices in terms of resonance theory --
pt. 4: A critical theory of our relationship to the world --
Social conditions of successful and unsuccessful relationships to the world --
Dynamic stabilization: the escalatory logic of modernity and its consequences --
Late modern crises of resonance and the contours of a post-growth society.
Other Titles: Resonanz.
Responsibility: Hartmut Rosa ; translated by James C. Wagner.

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The pace of modern life is undoubtedly speeding up, yet this acceleration does not seem to have made us any happier or more content. If acceleration is the problem, then the solution, argues Hartmut Rosa in this major new work, lies in "resonance." The quality of a human life cannot be measured simply in terms of resources, options, and moments of happiness; instead, we must consider our relationship to, or resonance with, the world. Applying his theory of resonance to many domains of human activity, Rosa describes the full spectrum of ways in which we establish our relationship to the world, from the act of breathing to the adoption of culturally distinct worldviews. He then turns to the realms of concrete experience and action - family and politics, work and sports, religion and art - in which we as late modern subjects seek out resonance. This task is proving ever more difficult as modernity's logic of escalation is both cause and consequence of a distorted relationship to the world, at individual and collective levels. As Rosa shows, all the great crises of modern society - the environmental crisis, the crisis of democracy, the psychological crisis - can also be understood and analyzed in terms of resonance and our broken relationship to the world around us. Building on his now classic work on acceleration, Rosa's new book is a major new contribution to the theory of modernity, showing how our problematic relation to the world is at the crux of some of the most pressing issues we face today. This bold renewal of critical theory for our times will be of great interest to students and scholars across the social sciences and humanities.--

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