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Paul Blokker
University of Trento
  1. Social Imaginaries in Debate.John Krummel, Suzi Adams, Jeremy Smith, Natalie Doyle & Paul Blokker - 2015 - Social Imaginaries 1 (1):15-52.
    A collaborative article by the Editorial Collective of Social Imaginaries. Investigations into social imaginaries have burgeoned in recent years. From ‘the capitalist imaginary’ to the ‘democratic imaginary’, from the ‘ecological imaginary’ to ‘the global imaginary’ – and beyond – the social imaginaries field has expanded across disciplines and beyond the academy. The recent debates on social imaginaries and potential new imaginaries reveal a recognisable field and paradigm-in-the-making. We argue that Castoriadis, Ricoeur, and Taylor have articulated the most important theoretical frameworks (...)
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    Pragmatic Sociology: Theoretical Evolvement and Empirical Application.Paul Blokker - 2011 - European Journal of Social Theory 14 (3):251-261.
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  3. An Interview with Laurent Thévenot: On Engagement, Critique, Commonality, and Power.Andrea Brighenti & Paul Blokker - 2011 - European Journal of Social Theory 14 (3):383-400.
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  4. The European Crisis and a Political Critique of Capitalism.Paul Blokker - 2014 - European Journal of Social Theory 17 (3):258-274.
    The European crisis has provoked widespread critique of capitalist arrangements in most if not all countries in Europe. But to what extent do contemporary social protest and critique indicate a revival of critical capacity? The range of criticisms against the existing capitalist system raised by various social movements is seen as ineffectual and fragmented. Such observations are mirrored in sociological analyses of the critique of capitalism. A distinct type of critique of capitalism has, however, not been explicitly conceptualized. This political (...)
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    Politics Between Justification and Defiance.Andrea Brighenti & Paul Blokker - 2011 - European Journal of Social Theory 14 (3):283-300.
    The article discusses the status and role of politics — in its various facets — in the pragmatic sociology of critique. We focus on a number of different dimensions of politics — politics-as-justification, politics-as-distribution, politics-as-constitution, and politics-as-defiance — that can said to be of importance for a pragmatic sociology of critique, but that have not all been taken up equally in this approach. We situate pragmatic sociology in a tradition of thought that views politics as emerging in the settlement of (...)
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    Post-Communist Modernization, Transition Studies, and Diversity in Europe.Paul Blokker - 2005 - European Journal of Social Theory 8 (4):503-525.
    The majority of studies of post-communism – habitually grouped under the heading of 'transitology' – understand the transition ultimately as a political and cultural convergence of the ex-communist societies with Western Europe. Even those critical approaches that regard the post-communist transition as a relatively unique phenomenon tend to conflate normative prescriptions with empirical descriptions and to move within an overall framework of what Michael Kennedy has aptly called 'transition culture'. This article argues instead that the transition's nature can only be (...)
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  7. 1989, Democracy, and Social Theory: A Return to Normality?Paul Blokker - 2009 - European Journal of Social Theory 12 (3):307-320.
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  8. Europe `United in Diversity': From a Central European Identity to Post-Nationality?Paul Blokker - 2008 - European Journal of Social Theory 11 (2):257-274.
    Political and cultural diversity in contemporary Europe can be encountered on many levels and in a variety of forms. The significance of such political and cultural diversity is, however, differently understood, and conceptualized, and not always sufficiently appreciated in distinct perceptions of Europe. A variety of perceptions of Europe have played a role in the project of Eastern enlargement, even if a communitarian/unitarian vision of a single European identity seemed to prevail. Such a vision was not only promoted by Western (...)
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  9. 9th Annual Conference of the International Social Theory Consortium.Paul Blokker - 2009 - European Journal of Social Theory 12 (3):409-409.
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  10. An Interview with Johann P. Arnason: Critical Theory, Modernity, Civilizations and Democracy.Gerard Delanty & Paul Blokker - 2011 - European Journal of Social Theory 14 (1):119-132.
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    Editorial Introduction.Jeremy C. A. Smith, Paul Blokker & Natalie J. Doyle - 2018 - Social Imaginaries 4 (2):7-18.
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    Luc Boltanski and Democratic Theory.Paul Blokker - 2014 - Thesis Eleven 124 (1):53-70.
    In Luc Boltanski’s On Critique, various dimensions of democracy as a political regime and form of society are evident, but never explicitly conceptualized. There is, however, something to be gained by making the democratic dimension in Boltanski’s work more explicit: the normative and political standpoints become clearer, but also the real-life possibilities for and significance of critique in contemporary times. The paper will first discuss the democratic theory in On Critique by focusing on the differentiation between reality and the world (...)
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    Editorial Introduction.Paul Blokker, Saulius Geniusas, John Krummel & Jeremy C. A. Smith - 2019 - Social Imaginaries 5 (2):7-10.
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