More-than-Human Sociology: A New Sociological Imagination by O. Pyyhtinen

By O. Pyyhtinen

More-than-Human Sociology is a choice for a bolder, extra inventive sociology. Olli Pyyhtinen argues that to make sociology aware of existence within the twenty first century we want a brand new sociological mind's eye, one who addresses connectivity, knows the area during which we are living as either a human and non-human international, and is delicate to the a number of scales on which issues exist. A clean and leading edge tackle the promise of sociology, this publication will attract students and scholars either inside of sociology and the social sciences extra largely.

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415). Durkheim, too, subscribed to the idea of ‘double-man’ (Turner, 1984, p. 20). In The Division of Labor in Societyy (1933, p. 130), Durkheim suggests that there are ‘two contrary forces’ acting in each human being: the one societal – which he terms ‘centrifugal’ – and the one individual – which he calls ‘centripetal’. 0004  More-than-Human Sociology represents that in us which is personal and distinct, that which makes us an individual’ (Durkheim, 1933, pp. 129–30). Thus, as he puts it in The Elementary Forms of Religious Life (1973, p.

Deleuze’s (1988, p. 32) idea of the ‘event’ as ‘one with the essence of the substance of a thing’ would also be an apt formulation of how rhizomatic sociology conceives entities. Of course, every relation involves a particular ‘abstraction’ (Whitehead, 1978 [1929], p. 160) or ‘selection’ (Shaviro, 2009, p. 49) of the thing, as it extracts, actualizes and brings to the fore some of its properties while excluding and leaving out others. For example, in front of a class, in relation to my students, I stand above all as a teacher and sociologist, not as a father, husband, son, friend, music lover, bibliophile or chess fanatic, which I may be in other circumstances and in relation to other people and things.

0005   More-than-Human Sociology The utility of ‘scale’ as an analytical concept has in the past few decades become a topic of invigorated debate in human geography. In the debate, much of what has usually been taken for granted about the nature of this core concept of the discipline has been under scrutiny. Scholars have, for example, drawn attention to the problematic naturalization of many of the metaphors – such as ‘local’, ‘national’ and ‘global’ – used to talk about geographical scale as ‘categorical givens’ (Howitt, 1998) and, challenging the assumption of scale as pre-given and fixed, argued for its production or construction (Brenner, 1998; 2001; Howitt, 1998; 2003; Marston, 2000; Fraser, 2010).

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