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  • “Georg Simmel”, by Georg Lukács

    • Authors: Fernando Artavia
      Abstract: This article is the translation of a text by Georg Lukács originally published after the death of Georg Simmel in 1918. As a biographical sketch, Lukács takes stock of the philosophical and sociological legacy of one of his teachers in Berlin. In it he observes both virtues and limitations, but insists that the Simmelian way of seeing can no longer be ignored in the future.
      PubDate: 2022-04-06
      DOI: 10.7238/dig.v0i28.395961
  • Towards a sociology of emergency. Epidemics, biorisks, and the society of
           the Coronavirus

    • Authors: Swen Seebach, Ana Beriain Bañares
      Pages: 1 - 7
      Abstract: Over the last decade, the social agenda has been shaped by a continuous chain of potentially forthcoming future emergencies. Imagined, projected, and expected emergencies and crises have affected political and scientific agendas and redefined the pre-planning for risks at a local, national, and global level. Whilst most of these emergencies took place largely on an imaginary stage and never materialised – at least not with significant effects on global society – the COVID-19 pandemic finally made real the imaginary that had been expected and projected for over a decade. This article claims that within the context of an emergency in the making and the consequent social, economic, political, and material crises, sociology and social analysis need to assume new responsibilities by providing answers and perspective to those social developments that are direct and indirect results of the social and material conditions of a society of emergency. In a world in which the reality of emergencies has started to outrun the prevention of risks, a sociology of emergency is not only a useful but a necessary step in the development of social theory. We suggest that a redefinition of some of those concepts and ideas that marked the sociological agenda of risk society becomes unavoidable. We argue also that reconnection with those issues that had been discarded from the conceptual framework of a society of risk has become absolutely necessary.
      PubDate: 2022-11-25
      DOI: 10.7238/d.v0i28.400351
  • The social form of the secret. Gendered bodies, senses and menstruation

    • Authors: Olga Sabido-Ramos
      Pages: 1 - 11
      Abstract:  In this article, I am going to show how the social form of the secret in Simmel’s sense traverses the sensorial experience of menstruation and perception policies towards menstruation. To achieve the above, I have divided the article into three sections. In the first, I give a summary of state-of-the-art critical studies on menstruation, which allow us to think of menstruation as an object of study in sociology and to underpin this proposal. Second, using Simmel’s relational sociology and sensory studies approach, I show that one of the mechanisms of perception policies towards menstruation has been to keep it secret. Third, I present a sociology of senses related to the secret of menstruation based on the findings of a recent study. The findings show that, although there are tendencies to re-signify the experience of menstruation in solidarity with friends, perception policies prevail that lead women to hide menstruation from intimates and strangers. On the other hand, although the odours of menstruation have been and continue to be stigmatized, the use of new artifacts or menstrual hygiene techniques allows a certain resignification of the menstrual smell, although this requires certain material conditions of possibility. 
      PubDate: 2022-11-25
      DOI: 10.7238/d.v0i28.396384
  • Being grateful to Georg Simmel. Emotions, gratitude, and the relational
           concern of sociology in the globalized society

    • Authors: Davide Ruggieri
      Pages: 1 - 11
      Abstract: This paper argues for a sociological and relational concern of “gratitude” in Simmel’s thought as a key feature of human interaction as well as a key “emotive disposition” (Stimmung) to engage with the challenges of modern society. Georg Simmel is undoubtedly one of the most crucial theorists and a pillar in the social sciences, and his theoretical contribution also stands as the foundation of relational sociology stricto sensu. He taught that interactions supporting social processes must be investigated as forms of relations. A relation is a precise mode of being connected to others; it is a tie emerging from reciprocal action and acquires its consistency by generating causal effects on involved actors. Among his main insights within the sociological tradition, Simmel’s excellent concepts and arguments engage emotions as a sociological matter, that is, under a relational aspect. Not only do emotions have sociological relevance (that is, they are a worthy subject for sociologists), but they also characterize the precise manner of interaction among individuals. Emotions are the relational effect of being associated in an increasingly differentiated society, which apparently only neutralizes individuals’ emotive sides, or else instrumentally drives or “colonizes” them. Simmel explored gratitude as a particular emotion that is a form of relation and interaction: it has an eccentric position among the other emotions that he investigated in his many essays. Gratitude represents a non-symmetrical or economic (exchangeable) “transactive” emotion: it puts the giver and receiver in a peculiar socio-emotional form of reciprocity. By considering relations, emotions, and gratitude through rigorous textual exploration, this paper tackles Simmel’s view and challenges a globalized world and hybridized digital society. Finally, gratitude could be regarded as a demarcation criterion for identifying and distinguishing social interaction forms from other kinds of non-social processes or transactions.
      PubDate: 2022-11-14
      DOI: 10.7238/d.v0i28.394181
  • On bureaucratic waiting. A Simmelian approach to a liminal time

    • Authors: Fernando Artavia
      Pages: 1 - 9
      Abstract: Waiting is both a type of experience and a form of interaction. The contours assumed by the former are marked by the dynamics and features that characterize the latter. This essay addresses the waiting to which we are usually subjected when carrying out procedures in any of the instances and dependencies of the bureaucratic apparatus. Returning to the analytical contributions of Georg Simmel, a relational approach to this phenomenon is attempted, highlighting three of its basic dimensions: time, space, and interaction or reciprocal action. The essay finishes with some considerations regarding what waiting represents for modernity and, more generally, for human existence. 
      PubDate: 2022-09-21
      DOI: 10.7238/d.v0i28.393478
  • Free for all' Knowledge as a barrier in technopolitical communities in

    • Authors: Dafne Calvo, Eva Campos-Domínguez
      Pages: 1 - 12
      Abstract: Optimistic visions of its liberating potential have accompanied the Internet since its inception. However, technopolitical communities have defended free knowledge, but they risk adopting liberal notions when there is a group hierarchy depending on technological skills or the time people invest in the project (Coleman & Golub, 2008; Crabu et al., 2016). Using a combined methodology, we aim to understand the decision-making and training processes of technopolitical communities in Spain. Results show that these projects are collective, and their communities are aligned with the availability of public materials on the Internet for individual learning and mutual support values. However, they must consider developing better-established training and decision-making strategies to attract more people and more diverse profiles. Otherwise, there is a risk of generating an elite of experts who may enjoy free knowledge but cannot effectively collectivize it and disrupt the context of informational capitalism.
      PubDate: 2022-07-04
      DOI: 10.7238/d.v0i28.387493
  • The everyday consciousness of time

    • Authors: Andrés Mauricio Soto, Otthein Rammstedt
      Pages: 1 - 11
      Abstract: Translation of the original work Alltagsbewußtsein von Zeit by Rammstedt Otthein (1975), published in Kölner Zeitschrift für Soziologie und Sozialpsychologie vol. 27(1), p. 47-63. Translated by Andrés Soto and reviewed by Lionel Lewkow.
      PubDate: 2022-06-03
      DOI: 10.7238/396910
  • Violence as a spectacle in social mobilization: a case study on the media

    • Authors: Miguel Rodríguez Guerrero, Evaristo Barrera Algarín
      Pages: 1 - 13
      Abstract: The article shows the research carried out on the information projection of one of the largest mass media channels in Spain in relation to social mobilization. The methodology, from the structuralist sociological approach to communication and the new theories of mass communication, mixes quantitative and qualitative techniques. The initial hypothesis is that these media channels build their information processes around profit extraction and within the scheme of the hegemonic systemic order. The results tend to confirm this, revealing a framing of the news with high spectacular content and the application of a differentiating narrative that excludes various themes and social actors.
      PubDate: 2022-04-04
      DOI: 10.7238/d.v0i28.374138
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