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Georg Simmel’s Concluding Thoughts

Worlds, Lives, Fragments

Authors: Beer, David

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  • Provides a lively critical dialogue with Simmel’s lesser known later works
  • Offers a conceptual toolkit for understanding life as both individual experience and as a deeply social phenomenon
  • Demonstrates the continued relevance of Simmel’s works and puts his ideas to new use
  • Emphasizes the openness and interdisciplinarity of Simmel’s work
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This book draws upon the work of Georg Simmel to explore the limits, tensions and dynamism of social life through a close analysis of the works produced in the final years of his life and reveals what they might still offer some 100 years later. Focusing on the relationships between worlds, lives and fragments in these works, David Beer opens up a conceptual toolkit for understanding life as both an individual experience and as a deeply social phenomenon. Taking the reader through artistic and musical forms of inspiration, to the problems of culture and on to the conceptual understanding of lived experience, the book illuminates the richness of Simmel’s ideas and thinking. This sophisticated dialogue with Simmel’s lesser known later works will provide fresh insights for students and scholars of cultural and social theory and pave the way for a reinvigorated engagement with his ideas.

About the authors

David Beer is Professor of Sociology at the University of York, UK. His previous books include The Data Gaze (2018), Metric Power (2016) and Punk Sociology (2014).

Reviews

“So far Georg Simmel’s late writings have received regrettable little attention, especially among sociologists. In this fascinating book, David Beer provides a most detailed reading and informative contextualization of Simmel’s final works and shows how Simmel turned to art for inspiration in developing his mature life-philosophy. Beer’s book also succeeds in stressing the continuing relevance of Simmel’s concluding thoughts.” (Olli Pyyhtinen, Professor of Sociology at Tampere University, Finland)

“This timely book offers a rich critical reflection on Simmel’s lesser known later works. It is a hugely enjoyable read: a lively yet serious engagement that reinvigorates those texts, and compels the reader to revisit Simmel’s oeuvre with new questions in mind. David Beer offers us a powerful evocation of the detail, depth and range of Simmel’s imaginative thinking and how it might inspire us in the present.” (Martin Hand, Queen's University, Canada)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

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eBook £47.99
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-030-12991-0
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover £59.99
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-030-12990-3
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Georg Simmel’s Concluding Thoughts
Book Subtitle
Worlds, Lives, Fragments
Authors
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-12991-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-12991-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-12990-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 197
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations
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