An interview with Andreas Reckwitz: A Society of Singularities

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This interview addresses Andreas Reckwitz’s main work, A Society of Singularities, but puts it in relation to his earlier and later writings. It starts with the strong and broad reception of this work in Germany. Next, it turns to how his understanding of the transformation of the social logics of modernity is related to other sociological understandings. In this way, the crucial distinctions of his work between the general and the particular, between formal rationalisation and culturalisation, are thematised. The next part addresses Reckwitz’s Foucault-inspired concept of critique and his understanding of the relation between theoretical and empirical work. The interview then goes on to the transformation of class structure, which is understood in terms of a culturalisation of inequality. The interview ends with a section about the kind of sufferings and problems that are typical of the present age, and how they might affect social transformation.
Original languageEnglish
JournalTheory, Culture and Society
Issue number7–8
Pages (from-to)287–305
Number of pages18
Publication statusPublished - 8 Feb 2023

    Research areas

  • Faculty of Social Sciences - critical analysis of the present, modernity, Andreas Reckwitz, structural transformation

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