9th Conference European Sociological Association

RN07 Sociology of Culture

2009-09-03 15:30:00 2009-09-03 17:00:00 Thursday, 3 September 15:30 - 17:00 Space, Cities and Relationships Building II, C4.06

Social Behaviour as Foundation for Social Relationships


Nothing can serve as a basis for investigating the system of social relationships than the logically summarized historical experience of man's development. The structure of this system cannot be anything else but the reflection of social relativity where subject and object are two facets of one social reality. It would be wrong to assume that it is the increasing role of human factor in history that the subjective prevails over the objective. In other words, human conquest of the external world is an objective process.
In order to reconstruct the stages of this process, we should analyse relations within the sphere of objective necessity. Consciousness here plays only a passive role, being only a means for the individual and the society to adapt to the manipulations of the "invisible hand".
Parties existing in these relations ordinarily perceive them as chaotic, blind, and frequently destructive forces whose combined effect can lead to a social revolution.
The participants in socio-economic relations try to limit these destructive forces, or eliminate their harmful effects to some degree.
This significant victory of collective consciousness over the element of socio-economic relations leads to a conflict with the basic movement toward the development of freedom.