Behavior, language, development, identity, and science-all of these phenomena are commonly characterized as 'social' in nature. But what does it mean to be 'social'? Is there any intrinsic 'mark' of the social shared by these phenomena? In the first book to shed light on this foundational question, twelve distinguished philosophers and social scientists from several disciplines debate the mark of the social. Their varied answers will be of interest to sociologists, anthropologists, philosophers, psychologists, and anyone interested in the theoretical foundations of the social sciences.
John D. Greenwood is Professor of Philosophy and Psychology at City University of New York and the associate editor of the Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour. Among his books are Relations and Representations, The Future of Folk Psychology and Realism, Identity, and Emotion: Reclaiming Social Psychology.
Chapter 1 Introduction: The Mark of the Social Chapter 2 Concerning Sociality: The Plural Subject as Paradigm Chapter 3 A Definition of Social Phenomena for the Social Sciences Chapter 4 How Many Kinds of Things Are There in the World? The Ontological Status of Societies Chapter 5 The Nature and Dynamics of 'The Social' among Humans Chapter 6 The Body and the Social Chapter 7 Social Explanation Chapter 8 The Meaning of 'Social' Chapter 9 Crews, Clubs, Crowds, and Classes: 'The Social' as a Discursive Category Chapter 10 Social Theory in Context: Relational Humanism Chapter 11 Life beyond the Edge of Nature? Or, The Mirage of Society Chapter 12 The Reversible Imaginary: Baudrillard and the End of the Social Chapter 13 Index