NEW SOCIAL THEORY DIRECTIONS FROM THREE PRAGMATIC SOCIOLOGY GESTURES

Diogo Silva Corrêa About the author

Abstract

By describing the outlines of three specific pragmatic sociology gestures, this article seeks to bring new issues to social theory, which escape those established by the “new theoretical movement” as defined by Jeffrey Alexander. By describing the metaphysical operation of the inversion of classical Durkheimian sociology, I intend to answer how the creation of a contemporary sociology that respects the progressive introduction of new entities in the composition of the social (be they animals, objects and general non-human entities) is possible. Through the description of epistemological gesture of delegation, I aim to address the challenge of making sociology capable of opening itself to the most to those whose experiences we place as a task to understand. Finally, by means of the gesture of methodological framing of undetermined, problematic situations and critical moments (for the surveyed actors), I attempt to answer the question of how it is possible to observe what is essential and pertinent to those to whom we delegate the capacity to produce knowledge about the world, about reality, and justice, among others. I hope, with this theoretical and methodological exposure of pragmatic sociology exercise, to contribute to the introduction, in social theory, of angles not covered by the new theoretical movement.

Keywords:
Pragmatic sociology; Social theory; Contemporary sociology; Ontology; Pragmatism

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