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Dmitry Kurakin 1
  • 1 National Research University Higher School of Economics, 20 Myasnitskaya Str., Moscow, 101000, Russian Federation

Symbolic Classifications and “Iron Cage”: Two Perspectives in Theoretical Sociology

2005, vol. 4, No. 1, pp. 63–81 [issue contents]
The paper observes several recent approaches in the developing sphere of cultural sociology. It attempts to show that the principle of autonomy of culture, which is central for this perspective, is hard to maintain, as avoiding one particular reductionism can often lead to another one. If we do not assume this, the very explanatory power of this approach diminishes. Thus, the new Durkheimian cultural sociology, which itself is explicitly built on the principle of cultural autonomy, tends to come to a dead-end of structural reductionism or the “principle of the unity of the nature”. The idea of the modification of Durkheimian theory, called as “the morphogenetic turn” in the theory of the sacred, is proposed to avoid those dead-ends.
Citation: Kurakin D. (2005) Simvolicheskie klassifikatsii i «Zheleznaya kletka»: dve perspektivy teoreticheskoy sotsiologii [Symbolic Classifications and “Iron Cage”: Two Perspectives in Theoretical Sociology]. The Russian Sociological Review, vol. 4, no 1, pp. 63-81 (in Russian)
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