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Death contested: morphonecrosis and conflicts of interpretation

Al-Amoudi, Ismael ORCID: and Latsis, John 2015. Death contested: morphonecrosis and conflicts of interpretation. Archer, Margaret Scotford, ed. Generative Mechanisms Transforming Late Modernity, Springer, (10.1007/978-3-319-13773-5_11)

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This chapter lays the groundwork for a realist analysis of the disappearance or ‘death’ of social forms. How social forms disappear is particularly relevant in societies experiencing intensified social transformation. Yet, whilst the notion of morphogenesis can account both for the acceleration of change and for the multiplication of coexisting social forms (Al-Amoudi 2014), it does not allow us, on its own, to theorise their disappearance. of social entities . Addressing this gap in the theory of morphogenesis opens interesting avenues for the philosophical study of society. Our contribution is organised around three related questions. Firstly, how should we conceptualise the disappearance of social forms and how can this conceptualisation draw from the biological conception of death? Secondly, how do concept-dependence and reflexivity differentiate social death from biological death? Thirdly, how can we observe and interpret the agonies that accompany the death of social forms? We conclude by providing an illustration of how the theory might be applied to a case with significant current socio-economic ramifications: the disappearance of life-long employment in developed capitalist economies.

Item Type: Book Section
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Business (Including Economics)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 9783319137728
Last Modified: 27 Oct 2022 08:58

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