Pragmatic Sociology as Cultural Sociology Beyond Repertoire Theory?

I. Silber

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Pragmatic sociology is often read as a reaction to and an alternative to Bourdieu's ‘critical sociology'. This article, in contrast, offers an assessment of pragmatic sociology in terms of its contribution to the theory of culture in general and its affinities with repertoire theory in particular. Whereas the tendency has been to conceive of repertoires as largely unstructured entities, pragmatic sociology has demonstrated a systematic interest in their internal contents and structure, which it has even expanded through its more recent turn to historical and macro comparative analysis. In the process, however, pragmatic sociology has also been leaning towards a form of cultural sociology that actually challenges some major aspects of repertoire theory–thus also bringing into relief the dilemmas facing any attempt at further elaboration of what is now a growing strand of cultural theory.
Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)427-449
JournalEuropean Journal of Social Theory
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2003


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