Constructing Epochs: The Argumentative Structures of Sociological Epochalisms

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dc.contributor.authorOsrecki, Fran
dc.date.accessioned2021-12-23T15:57:09Z-
dc.date.available2021-12-23T15:57:09Z-
dc.date.issued2015
dc.identifier.issn17499755
dc.identifier.urihttps://osnascholar.ub.uni-osnabrueck.de/handle/unios/2754-
dc.description.abstractThis article examines the history and argumentative micro-structures of the much criticized genre of sociological epochalism. It is shown that sociological epochalisms have their historical roots in changed concepts of temporality in early modernity, particularly in the notion that the present marks an unprecedented epoch in human history. The interest in defining the characteristic features of the present is, however, shared by large parts of sociology, making epochalism a genre with contested boundaries. Thus it is proposed that sociological epochalisms can be outlined by analyzing their specific argumentative micro-structures. As the most evident one, retrospective realism' is presented - a narrative device that describes the present as a backdrop of the past by reifying well-established sociological ideal types. Against largely critical approaches to the genre, the article closes by presenting three functions it can fulfill: mass media attention for the social sciences, intra-disciplinary communication and the alleviation of paradigmatic dogmatisms.
dc.language.isoen
dc.publisherSAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD
dc.relation.ispartofCULTURAL SOCIOLOGY
dc.subjectAMERICAN-VALUES
dc.subjectDIAGNOSIS
dc.subjectepochalism
dc.subjectepochs
dc.subjectgenre
dc.subjecthistorical
dc.subjectMODERNITY
dc.subjectnarrative structure
dc.subjectRIESMAN
dc.subjectSCIENCE
dc.subjectsocial theory
dc.subjectSOCIETY
dc.subjectSociology
dc.subjectsociology of knowledge
dc.subjectTRADITION
dc.titleConstructing Epochs: The Argumentative Structures of Sociological Epochalisms
dc.typejournal article
dc.identifier.doi10.1177/1749975514566511
dc.identifier.isiISI:000353986600001
dc.description.volume9
dc.description.issue2
dc.description.startpage131
dc.description.endpage146
dc.identifier.eissn17499763
dc.publisher.place1 OLIVERS YARD, 55 CITY ROAD, LONDON EC1Y 1SP, ENGLAND
dcterms.isPartOf.abbreviationCult. Sociol.
crisitem.author.deptFB 01 - Kultur- und Sozialwissenschaften-
crisitem.author.deptidfb01-
crisitem.author.parentorgUniversität Osnabrück-
crisitem.author.netidOsFr677-
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