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

Culture as a Space of In-Between

According to the French philosopher Michel Serres the function of culture is not only to dissociate social spaces from apart but also to interrelate them in a new way. Hence, culture can be seen as a space of In-Between. As a consequence of this argument a wide-spreaded assumption becomes questionable: that Europe is a space (or a concept) which alternates mainly between two poles - unity and diversity. Instead of this unfruitful opposition it is argued that the concept of culture as a space of In-Between leads to a structural point of view which allows to identify the concrete dynamics of (dis)connecting spaces. In my presentation I will illustrate this thesis along narrative interviews. The empirical material was acquired within the Collaborative Research Program on Transformation of Societies situated at the universities of Jena und Halle in germany.