Money, Love, and Sacredness: Generalised Symbolic Media and the Production of Instrumental, Affectual, and Moral Reality

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Title:Money, Love, and Sacredness: Generalised Symbolic Media and the Production of Instrumental, Affectual, and Moral Reality
Creators:
Abrutyn, Seth; seth dot abrutyn at memphis dot edu
Journal or Publication Title:
Czech Sociological Review, 51, 3, pp. 445-472
Uncontrolled Keywords:generalised symbolic media, institutions, integration, emotions, cultural sociology, morality

Abstract

A central and long-standing theoretical problem in sociology concerns how differentiated social units are integrated. This problem, however, has been peripheralised since the decline of functionalism, while legitimation and regulation/power-differentials have moved to the forefront. This article argues that by reconceptualising the concept, generalised symbolic media, a robust theory of integration can be posited that does not sacrifice the importance of regulation (control) or legitimation (meaning). This paper extends both the Simmelian and functionalist versions of media by: (1) precisely defining the concept; (2) examining its two forms—a specialised institutional language and as an external referent of value; (3) elucidating the three modes of orientation various media impose; and (4) extending the function of media beyond (social) exchange to include other institutional processes such as communicative action, performance, and ritualised interaction. Ultimately, a reconceptualised theory of generalised symbolic media offers sociology a mechanism that simultaneously highlights the diversity found across institutional spheres, as well as the limits humans have in dealing with the problems posed by differentiation.

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Title:Money, Love, and Sacredness: Generalised Symbolic Media and the Production of Instrumental, Affectual, and Moral Reality
Creators:
Abrutyn, Seth; seth dot abrutyn at memphis dot edu
Uncontrolled Keywords:generalised symbolic media, institutions, integration, emotions, cultural sociology, morality
Subjects:H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions:Humanities and Social Sciences > 7. Section of Social and Economic Sciences > Institute of Sociology > Czech sociological review (Sociologický časopis)
Journal or Publication Title:Czech Sociological Review
Volume:51
Number:3
Page Range:pp. 445-472
ISSN:0038-0288
Publisher:Institute of Sociology AS CR
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http://avi.lib.cas.cz/node/83Publisher
ID Code:8454
Item Type:Article
Deposited On:27 Aug 2015 18:37
Last Modified:27 Aug 2015 16:37

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Abrutyn, Seth (2015) Money, Love, and Sacredness: Generalised Symbolic Media and the Production of Instrumental, Affectual, and Moral Reality. Czech Sociological Review, 51 (3). pp. 445-472. ISSN 0038-0288

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