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SOCIOLOGY OF INDIVIDUALS AND CRITICAL THEORY. THE LISBON 2009 SOCIOLOGICAL CONFERENCE ON RECENT DEBATES IN THEORETICAL SOCIOLOGY

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Author(s): Janusz Mucha

Journal: Studia Humanistyczne AGH
ISSN 1732-2189

Volume: 8;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 9;
Date: 2010;
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Keywords: sociological theory | social theory | sociology of sociology | international sociology | Polish sociology

ABSTRACT
This is an exercise in the fi eld of a sociology of sociology. It draws upon the debate on „sociological theory we need” at the beginning of the 21st century, which was held at the Lisbon 2009 Conference of the European Sociological Association (semi-plenary session). The invited speakers presented two cases of the „theory we need”: „sociology of individuals” and „critical theory”. The author analyses theoretical discussions held at recent big (European and „global”) sociological congresses and comes to the conclusion that the Lisbon 2009 diagnosis of what is really important in sociological theorizing was wrong. Similarly, in Polish textbooks and readers in the fi eld of sociological theory, these two subdisciplines do not seem to be very signifi cant. The detailed discussion of the proposed in Lisbon „sociology of individuals” and „critical theory” follows. In concluding chapter of the article, the author analysis what and why is considered in recent Poland, at the beginning of the 21st century, a „sociology of individuals” and critical sociology” of the post communist transformation.

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