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The institution of contractual exchange did not emerge of its own with the growth of commerce in early modern England, the classic abode of free market transactions. By English literary customs since the medieval era, individual obligation to carry out actions for others resulted from voluntary...
Tacit knowledge, or knowledge that is inarticulate or unarticulated, lies at the heart of all cultural life, and is exercised in dull and repetitive activities that constitute the heart of daily existence. It seems without much character or importance, but this is precisely why tacit knowledge...
This article informs sociology of intellectuals through a case study of Richard Dawkins’ public reputation after the publication of The God Delusion. It uses positioning theory and cultural sociology’s distinction between traditional intellectuals and media intellectuals to argue that Dawkins’...
Existing theories of cultural pollution take two forms. It is seen either as the product of a binary disambiguating activity that codes the problematic Other as symbolically distant, or conversely the result of ambiguity, confusion and hybridity that locates the Other as in-between. The article...
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