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Microverses Dylan Riley

Microverses By Dylan Riley

Microverses by Dylan Riley

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Social theory for damaged times

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Microverses: Observations from a Shattered Present by Dylan Riley

Microverses comprises over a hundred short essays inviting us to think about society - and social theory - in new ways. Lockdown created the conditions for what Adorno once termed 'enforced contemplation'. Dylan Riley responded with the tools of his trade, producing an extraordinary trail of notes exploring how critical sociology can speak to this troubled decade. Microverses analyses the intellectual situation, the political crisis of Trump's last months in office, and love and illness in a period when both were fraught with the public emergency of the coronavirus.

Riley brings the theoretical canon to bear on problems of intellectual culture and everyday life, working through Weber and Durkheim, Parsons and Dubois, Gramsci and Lukacs, MacKinnon and Fraser, to weigh sociology's relationship to Marxism and the operations of class, race and gender, alongside discursions into the workings of an orchestra and the complicatedness of taking a walk in a pandemic.

Invitations rather than finished arguments, the notes attempt to recover the totalising perspective of sociology - the ability to see society in the round, as though from the outside - and to recuperate what Paul Sweezy described as a sense of the 'present as history'.

Microverses Reviews

Rarely have the concepts of classical sociology and Marxist analysis seemed so relevant to life itself. -- Malcolm Bull, author of The Concept of the Social
Inspiring and thought-provoking, living up to the author's credo that ideas should be 'strange...difficult...antagonizing'. -- Goeran Therborn, author of Inequality and the Labyrinths of Democracy
Praise for The Civic Foundations of Fascism in Europe * : *
Riley's work manifests the virtues of the genre. Powerful [and] unconventional -- Mark Mazower * Financial Times *
It will change the way we think -- Max Whyte * American Journal of Sociology *
Original and provocative -- Stanley G. Payne * International History Review *
This rather paradoxical book by Dylan Riley is both brilliant and courageous -- Gian Luca Podesta * Contemporary Sociology *

About Dylan Riley

Dylan Riley is Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Berkeley, and the author of The Civic Foundations of Fascism in Europe. He is also an editor at New Left Review.

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Microverses: Observations from a Shattered Present by Dylan Riley
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