The Facticity of Symbols: A Reply to Morton Keller

The Facticity of Symbols: A Reply to Morton Keller Int J Polit Cult Soc (2017) 30:317–322 DOI 10.1007/s10767-016-9249-z 1 2 Jeffrey C. Alexander & Bernadette N. Jaworsky Published online: 13 January 2017 Springer Science+Business Media New York 2016 Indeed, it is certainly not an everyday occurrence, within academia, to engage in such lengthy review-and-response, and we agree with Morton Keller that the subject matter of Obama Power provides one warrant. Obama’s 2012 come-from-behind story presents a compelling analytical puzzle. We would like to believe, however, the amplitude also is justified by the second warrant Keller throws out, Bthe significance and percipience of what the book has to say.^ While Keller himself seems slightly puzzled by our book, he does not let this haziness get in the way. He has the strong feeling that there is little percipience in Obama Power,and thus not a lot of significance either. Keller is an accomplished historian. His books about American politics span six decades, most recently Keller (2015). So perhaps his patronizing, old-wine-in-new-bottle tone can be forgiven but perhaps not. Oh come on now, Keller winks to readers, there’sreally nothin’ new here. We already know all about culture. Just look at psychology and economics! Haven’t they already done culture? Not to mention—you "International Journal of Politics, Culture, and Society" Springer Journals

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