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Bakhtin and the Human Sciences

Bakhtin and the Human Sciences
No Last Words

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September 1998 | 256 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
What are we to make of Bakhtin? Nearly 20 years after his death, the full richness of his ideas has still not been digested. For many people working in the sicial sciences, he remains a mysterious and impenetrable writer. Many are conscious that his ideas are relevant for sociology and cultural studies, but would be hard pressed to give chapter and verse. Others regard Bakhtin as a figure who contributed to the literary and philologic fields of study. This accessible and thoughtful text aims to demonstrate the relevance of Bakhtin to the human sciences. It argues that most of the current literature has been characterized by a superficial appropriation of Bakhtinian ideas and neologisms. What has been neglected is a serious engagement with his core ideas and a sustained reflection on their implications for social and cultural theory. The book aims to extend BakhtinÆs ideas into the mainstream social sciences and to reconsider Bakhtin as a social thinker, not just as a literary theorist. The contributors have diverse backgrounds in the social and human sciences. The contributions are organized around the four main themes in BakhtinÆs work: dialogics, carnivals, conversations, and ethics and everyday life. The book is equipped with a lively introduction that discusses the importance of Bakhtin as a major intellectual figure and attempts to situate his ideas in current theoretical trends and developments. Suggestive, accurate, and insightful, this book will be of interest to students and researchers working in the fields of the sociology of culture and cultural studies.

Michael Gardiner and Michael Mayerfeld Bell
Bakhtin and the Human Sciences
An Introduction

John Shotter and Michael Billig
A Bakhtinian Psychology
From Out of the Heads of Individuals and into the Dialogues between Them

Jennifer De Peuter
The Dialogics of Narrative Identity
Michael Mayerfeld Bell
Culture as Dialogue
Dorothy Smith
Bakhtin and the Dialogic of Society
An Investigation

Peter Hitchcock
The Grotesque of the Body Electric
Hwa Yol Jung
Bakhtin's Dialogical Body Politics
Michael Bernard-Donals
Knowing the Subaltern
Bakhtin, Carnival and the Other Voice of the Human Sciences

Michael Gardiner
'The Incomparable Monster of Solipsism'
Bakhtin and Merleau-Ponty

Raymond A Morrow
Bakhtin and Mannheim
An Introductory Dialogue

Ian Burkitt
The Death and Rebirth of the Author
The Bakhtin Circle and Bourdieu on Individuality, Language and Revolution

Courtney Bender
Bakhtinian Perspectives on 'Everyday Life' Sociology
Barry Sandywell
The Shock of the Old
Mikhail Bakhtin's Contributions to the Theory of Time and Alterity

Greg Nielsen
The Norms of Answerability
Bakhtin and the Fourth Postulate


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