Bakhtin and the Human Sciences: No Last Words

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Michael Bell, Michael E Gardiner
SAGE, Aug 28, 1998 - Social Science - 235 pages
Bakhtin and the Human Sciences demonstrates the abundance of ideas Bakhtin's thought offers to the human sciences, and reconsiders him as a social thinker, not just a literary theorist. The contributors hail from many disciplines and their essays' implications extend into other fields in the human sciences. The volume emphasizes Bakhtin's work on dialogue, carnival, ethics and everyday life, as well as the relationship between Bakhtin's ideas and those of other important social theorists.

In a lively introduction Gardiner and Bell discuss Bakhtin's significance as a major intellectual figure and situate his ideas within current trends and developments in social theory.

 

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Contents

DIALOGICS
13
The Dialogics of Narrative Identity
30
Culture as Dialogue
49
An Investigation
63
CARNIVALS
78
Bakhtins Dialogical Body Politics
95
Bakhtin Carnival and
112
CONVERSATIONS
128
An Introductory Dialogue
145
ETHICS AND EVERYDAY LIVES
181
Mikhail Bakhtins Contributions
196
Bakhtin and
214
Index
231
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About the author (1998)

Michael Mayerfeld Bell is Professor of Community and Environmental Sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. For his day job, he is principally an environmental sociologist and a social theorist, focusing on dialogics, the sociology of nature, and social justice. These concerns for the world have led him to studies of agroecology, the body, community, consumption, culture, development, food, democracy, economic sociology, gender, inequality, participation, place, politics, rurality, the sociology of music, and more. He is also a part-time composer of grassroots and classical music, and a mandolinist, guitarist, and singer.

Michael E Gardiner is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology, The University of Western Ontario, London, Canada

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