The Flight from Ambiguity

The Flight from Ambiguity

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The essays turn about a single theme, the loss of the capacity to deal constructively with ambiguity in the modern era. Levine offers a head-on critique of the modern compulsion to flee ambiguity. He centers his analysis on the question of what responses social scientists should adopt in the face of the inexorably ambiguous character of all natural languages. In the course of his argument, Levine presents a fresh reading of works by the classic figures of modern European and American social theorya€”Durkheim, Freud, Simmel and Weber, and Park, Parsons, and Merton.The first of these confusions was created by Robert E. Park, a man who did more than anyone else to make Simmela#39;s work known in ... In his seminal essay aquot; Human Migration and the Marginal Manaquot; Park cited Simmela#39;s definition of the stranger and proceeded to ... experience of persons who, by migrating, had given up old values but had not adequately acquired the norms and skills of their new setting.

Title:The Flight from Ambiguity
Author:Donald N. Levine
Publisher:University of Chicago Press - 1988-06-15


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