9th Conference European Sociological Association

RN29 Social Theory

2009-09-04 09:00:00 2009-09-04 10:30:00 Friday, 4 September 09:00 - 10:30 Contemporary Social Theory: Rational or Praxeological Choices? Building AA, AA.326

The social site approach versus the approach of discourse/practices-formations?

Since many years praxeological approaches have gained increasing significance in the sociological discourse. A number of different approaches are viewed as the cornerstones of this sociological perspective including Giddens' structuration theory, Foucault's concept of technologies of the self or Bourdieu's outline of a theory of practice. According to these and other approaches a multitude of theoretical and of empirical studies have been created, which focuse on the specific concept of social practice (soziale Praktik). In the sociological theory debate, Andreas Reckwitz's cultural-theoretical approach of discourse/practices-formations and Theodore Schatzki's site ontology approach have, in particular, significantly increased the explanatory power and the explanatory claims of a social theory based on this concept. The planned contribution will follow the aims to contrast central aspects of both approaches with other praxeological approaches, to compare both approaches and to discuss possibilities and restrictions of their explanatory power and claims.