Georges Bataille: The Sacred and Society by William Pawlett

By William Pawlett

During this entire and interesting research Georges Bataille’s vital rules – the sacred, group and eroticism – are explored intimately. Bataille’s venture to appreciate social bonds and energies at their so much basic point and to re-energise society via demanding individualism is argued to be of constant relevance to sociological notion. Bataille’s notorious Collège de Sociologie is positioned within the highbrow context of Durkheimian and Maussian sociology.

Social effervescence, reward trade, and the twin, ambivalent and unstable nature of the sacred become the significant threads of Bataille’s notion, rules which problem either capitalist hegemony and the reductive concept of society as completely normative and repressive. The research concludes by way of employing Bataille’s rules to modern matters together with de-secularisation and the increase of spiritual fundamentalism, the vicarious event of transgressive violence, and eventually, to consumerism and the violence of globalisation.

The learn seeks to reposition Bataille as a key determine in sociological concept.

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In conclusion, I have tried to frame an importam cluster of large-scale social phenomena in our O\Vn immediate period within a conceptual frame that derives from a sociological masterpiece. Durkhcim 's Elementary Forms is a magnificent sociological testament of the significance of the religious factor in the organization (and dynamics) of human societv. , " " religions of his day, particularl-y the Catholic Church. v wonld he vievv the contemporary situations that we have interpreted in this chapter?

Jerrold D. 1982. Rc11olution in frau. The Politics o(Countcrmobilization. Nnv York: Praeger. Harney. Desmond. r9B5. '' The IVorld Today 41 (March) :65-6. Hunt. Lynn. r984. ; in the French Rcuolutio11. Berkeley. Los Angeles and London: University of California Press. Jones, Robert A. 1977. ''On Understanding a Sociological Classic,'' Amcrica11 Journal of Sociology 83 (Septcmbcr):279-3 I 9. Keddie, Nikki R. 1981. fRcuoflltion. An Interprcriue History i:(Modnnlra 11 . New Haven: Yale University Press.

For Charles Grandison Finney, the great exponent, theoretician and practician of religious revivals in the Age ofjackson, arevivaL which requires the excitement of protracted meetings, seeks ultimately to rekindle the desire of self to be united with God. The state of the "vorld is still such, and probably ·will be till the millennium is fully come, that religion must be mainly promoted by these excitements. How long and boYv often has the experiment been tried, to bring the chmch to act steadily· for God, \vithout these periodical excitements.

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