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Vividness, time and the restitution of sociological imagination

Gafijczuk, Dariusz

The Sociological Review, November 2017, Vol.65(4), pp.595-610 [Peer Reviewed Journal]

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  • Title:
    Vividness, time and the restitution of sociological imagination
  • Author: Gafijczuk, Dariusz
  • Description: This paper is a response to the notion of ‘live sociology’ and its call for new forms of attentiveness to the social, which also involves cultivation of time. Picking up from this observation, the paper asks: how can we find a way of using temporality systematically and routinely in our research practices? The argument concentrates on the concept of the past, and proposes a model for how the past can be reactivated and used analytically to deepen our understanding of contemporary life. To do this, the paper recovers and deploys the ancient technique of enargeia/vividness, and reconsiders Weber’s sociology based on ideal-types, all in the effort to show how a special kind of a surrogate temporality/past could serve as a point of contact with things not directly observable. The aim is to show how vivid, enlivened past can be readapted for use as a type of method that triggers the release of new forms of sociological imagination.
  • Is Part Of: The Sociological Review, November 2017, Vol.65(4), pp.595-610
  • Identifier: ISSN: 0038-0261 ; E-ISSN: 1467-954X ; DOI: 10.1111/1467-954X.12419
  • Subjects: Time ; History ; Live Methods ; Sociological Imagination ; Max Weber ; Sociology & Social History
  • Language: English

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