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Contemporary Sociological Theology

The Imagination that Rules the World

9781800882898 Edward Elgar Publishing
Andrea Cerroni, Full Professor, Department of Sociology and Social Research, University of Milan-Bicocca, Italy
Publication Date: September 2022 ISBN: 978 1 80088 289 8 Extent: 186 pp
This book examines how ancient myths have developed and still survive in the collective public imagination in order to answer fundamental questions concerning the individual, society and historical heritage: On what basis do we form our opinion and develop attitudes about key issues? What is, and how should, the relationship between ourselves and nature be oriented? And what is the relationship between ourselves and others?

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This book examines how ancient myths have developed and still survive in the collective public imagination in order to answer fundamental questions concerning the individual, society and historical heritage: On what basis do we form our opinion and develop attitudes about key issues? What is, and how should, the relationship between ourselves and nature be oriented? And what is the relationship between ourselves and others?

Advancing a critical analysis of myths, Andrea Cerroni reveals the inconsistencies and consequences of our contemporary imagination, addressing neoliberalism in particular. The book elaborates a sociological theology from historical reconstruction, drawing together analytical concepts such as political theology and sociological imagination. It brings into focus a cultural matrix comprising ancient myths about nature, society and knowledge, in opposition to modern myths built around reductionism, individualism and relativism. Providing suggestions for deconstructing these myths, Contemporary Sociological Theology explores concepts of reflexive complexity, Gramscian democratic politics and a general relativisation of knowledge.

Highly interdisciplinary, this book will be an insightful read for sociology and social policy scholars, for students with a particular interest in sociological theory, cultural sociology and innovation policy and for all those who seek awareness of the imagination that rules our world.
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‘This book serves as testimony to the power of the historical imagination. Cerroni demonstrates a remarkable ability to navigate between the Ancient and Modern Canon. His reconstruction of the Greek myths compels us to rethink the sociology of modernity.’
– Frank Furedi, University of Kent, UK
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Contents: Preface Introduction to Contemporary Sociological Theology PART I THE ANCIENT CANON: THE OLYMPIC NOMOS 1. Introduction to the Ancient Canon 2. Pathos and harmony: community within the Gaia-hypothesis 3. Nomos and Kronos: slippery slopes 4. Olympic Logos: Athena and the angelic science PART II THE MODERN CANON: NARCISSUS ENCHAINED 5. Introduction to the Modern Canon 6. Scientistic reductionism: the mad race for the atom 7. Sociological narcissism: the wasted land of homo clausus 8. Absolute relativism: the fight for decision power References Index
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