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Publication Alert: A Theory of War and Violence

On behalf of IPSA RC36 member Thomas Scheff we are sharing his work. Please, take a look!

A Theory of War and Violence

Thomas Scheff, G. Reginald Daniel, and Joseph Loe-Sterphone, Dept. of Sociology, UCSB

Abstract: It is possible that war in modern societies is largely driven by emotions, but in a way that is almost completely hidden. Modernity rationalizes the self and tends to ignore emotions, which can result in the total hiding of humiliation leads to vengeance. This essay outlines a theory of the social-emotional world implied in the work of C. H. Cooley, whose concept of the “looking-glass self” can be used as antidote to the assumptions of modernity: the self is based on “living in the mind” of others, resulting in feeling either pride or shame. This essay proposes that the complete hiding of shame can lead to feedback loops with no natural limit. These ideas may help explain the role of France in causing WWI, and Hitler’s rise to power in Germany. To the extent that these propositions are true, our civilization is in grave danger unless fundamental changes occur.
Keywords: shame, emotions, violence, war, C.H. Cooley, Erving Goffman

Read at SocArXiv Preprints

CALLS FOR PAPERS 2018 ISA WORLD CONGRESS IN TORONTO – RC35 CONCEPTUAL AND TERMINOLOGICAL ANALYSIS

Program Coordinators
David STRECKER, University of Erfurt, Germany, david.strecker@uni-erfurt.de Arthur BUENO, University of Erfurt, Germany, arthur.bueno@uni-erfurt.de
Session Overview
1. Cultural Performance: Reconceptualizing Social Change in Modern Societies
2. Global Violence: Local Conflicts and Competition for Attention and Legitimacy
3. Mass and Democracy: Two Sociological Concepts in Tension
4. Memory and Communication
5. Money, Capital, and Modern Life: Building Conceptual Bridges Between Marx and Simmel
6. Politics of Recognition and Cultural Citizenship
7. Postcolonial Theory, Internal Colonialism and the Markers of the Historical Subject
8. Price, Value & Worth: Conceptualizing Social Practices of E/Valuation
9. Re-Specifying Trust: Alternative Forms for Re-Thinking Modernity
10. Relational Sociology: What Are ‘relations’ and Why Does It Matter to Study Relations? 11. Rethinking the Role of Political Economy in Critical Theory
12. Social Visibility: Conceptual Explorations
13. The Many Faces of Power: A Current Conceptual Synthesis
14. Business Session
Abstract submissions

https://isaconf.confex.com/isaconf/wc2018/webprogrampreliminary/Symposium472.html

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT ISA 2018 WORLD CONGRESS IN TORONTO

The CONGRESS WEBSITE with relevant information is: http://www.isa-sociology.org/en/conferences/world-congress/toronto-2018
RULES FOR ALL PRESENTERS

Participants may be listed no more than twice in the Program. This includes all types of participation – except being listed as Program Coordinator or Session Organizer. Program Coordinators and Session Organizers can organize a maximum of two sessions where their names will be additionally listed in the program. A “participant” is anyone listed as an author, co-author, plenary speaker, roundtable presenter, poster presenter, panelist, critic, discussant, session (co)chair, or any similar substantive role in the program. A participant cannot present and chair in the same session. ISA does not require anyone to be a member in order to present a paper, and provides different registration fees for members and non-members. In order to be included in the program the participants (presenters, chairs, discussants, etc.) need to pay registration fees by March 20, 2018 24:00 GMT. If not registered, their names will not appear in the Program Book and in the Abstracts Book. In case of a co-authored paper, in order for a paper to appear in the program at least one co-author should pay the registration fee by the early registration deadline March 20, 2018 24:00 GMT; the names of other co-authors will be listed as well. If other co-authors wish to attend the conference they must pay the registration fee.
APPLICATION FOR REGISTRATION GRANTS

Applications for grants must be made by January 31, 2018 24:00 GMT by the participants directly to the RC Program Coordinator. One can apply for a grant to only one RC/WG/TG. The ISA Secretariat will advise the RC/WG/TG if someone has applied to or been recommended by more than one group for the various types of grants. It is recommended to avoid repetition of the same persons who received grants for a previous conference. Grants will be paid by the ISA directly to the selected individuals. Two categories of grants have been established for active participants in the RC/WG/TG programs. Registration grants for individual ISA members in good standing (i.e. who paid the individual membership fee at least two years before the month of the ISA conference) who play an active role in the conference program either as program coordinator, session organizer/chair or paper-giver. Travel/accommodation grants for individual ISA members in good standing (i.e. who paid the individual membership fee at least two years before the month of the ISA conference) resident in countries listed in economies B or C who play an active role in the conference program either as program coordinator, session organizer/chair, panelist, discussant and/or paper-giver.

Papers on Power sought for International Sociological Association’s 19th Congress in Toronto

RC 35 (ISA research committee on Conceptual Analysis) is soliciting papers for a session on “The Many Faces of Power: A Current Conceptual Synthesis” at the 19th World Congress of the International Sociological Association in Toronto, Canada to be held July 15-21. For more information, see links below.

RC 35 Link

ISA World Congress 2018