Discourse and Knowledge

BookDiscourse and Knowledge

Discourse and Knowledge

The Making of Enlightenment Sociology

Studies in Social and Political Thought, 1


November 1st, 2000

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By closely analysing the contributions of such theorists as More, Hobbes, Vico, Montesquieu, Ferguson and Millar to the emergence of sociology in its original form, Piet Strydom follows the discursive construction of sociology in the context of the society-wide early modern practical discourse about violence and rights. Parallels with the nineteenth- and twentieth-century discourse on poverty and justice and the contemporary discourse of risk and responsibility allow the author to reflect not only on the generation of knowledge through discourse but also on the role that sociology itself plays in this process.


Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Section TitlePagePrice
Title Page3
1: Introduction: Discourse and Sociology9
Part I: Theory of Discourse and Discourse Analysis35
Introduction: From Presentism and Historicism to Discourse37
2: Theory of Discourse42
3: Sociological Theory of Discourse61
4: Discourse of Modernity76
5: Sociological Discourse Analysis85
Part II: Discourse of Modernity and the Construction of Sociology99
Introduction: Crisis Discourse and Sociology101
6: The Early Modern Problem of Violence104
7: The Rights Discourse129
8: Contributions to Enlightenment Sociology190
9: Discursive Construction of Enlightenment Sociology241
10: Crisis and Critique: The Relation between Social and Political Theory265
Index of Names338
Subject Index343