A Sociology of Our Relationship to the World
"If in the rush to increase production and wealth, we ever pause to consider what a good life would be like, and whether were missing something essential, Rosas book Resonance would be a good place to start. This remarkable work combines systematic theory with a host of valuable insights into human fulfillments that we too easily forgo." Charles Taylor, McGill University "Affirmation of ordinary life is a key feature of modernity, but alienation from the world is a persistent experience of modern men and women. In Resonance, Rosa offers sketches of an alternative relation to the world and thereby a foundation for a sociology of the good life. A very important text and highly recommended." Miroslav Volf, Yale University "Hartmut Rosa is one of the leading and most distinctive voices in contemporary social theory. In Resonance he continues the important analysis of the very nature of modernity laid out in Social Acceleration, and offers a new approach to basic human relationships, both to other people and to the world. This is a truly important book." Craig Calhoun, Arizona State University
Hartmut Rosa is Professor of Sociology at the Friedrich-Schiller-Universitt Jena, Germany, and Director of the Max Weber Center for Advanced Cultural and Social Studies, Erfurt, Germany.
Acknowledgments xii In Lieu of a Foreword: Sociology and the Story of Anna and Hannah 1 I Introduction 17 PART ONE: THE BASIC ELEMENTS OF HUMAN RELATIONSHIP TO THE WORLD II Bodily Relationships to the world 47 III Appropriating World and Experiencing World 83 IV Emotional, Evaluative, abd Cognitive Relationships to the World 110 V Resonance and Alienation as Basic Categories of a Theory of Our Relationship to the World 145 PART TWO: SPHERES AND AXES OF RESONANCE VI Introduction: Spheres of Resonance, Recognition, and the Axes of Our Relationship to the World 195 VII Horizontal Axes of Resonance 202 VIII Diagonal Axes of Resonance 226 IX Vertical Axes of Resonance 258 PART THREE: FEAR OF THE MUTING OF THE WORLD: A RECONSTRUCTION OF MODERNITY IN TERMS OF RESONANCE THEORY X Modernity as the History of Catastrophe of Resonance 307 XI Modernity as the History of Increasing Sensitivity to Resonance 357 XII Deserts and Oases of Life: Modern Everyday Practices in Terms of Resonance Theory 367 PART FOUR: A CRITICAL THEORY OF OUR RELATIONSHIP TO THE WORLD XIII Social Conditions of Successful and Unsuccessful Relationships to the World 381 XIV Dynamic Stabilization: The Escalatory Logic of Modernity and Its Consequences 404 XV Late Modern Crises of Resonance and the Contours of a Post-Growth Society 425 In Lieu of an Afterword: Defending Resonance Theory against Its Critice -- and Optimism agaibst Skeptics 444 Notes 460 References 504 Index 529