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Georg Simmel, the stranger and the sociology of knowledge

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posted on 2012-12-01, 00:00 authored by Vince MarottaVince Marotta
The Simmelian stranger has been extensively studied and critiqued. This paper suggests that although this body of literature has contributed to a conceptual refinement of the category, its analysis confines itself to Simmel’s seminal essay on the stranger. A broader and deeper analysis of Simmel’s stranger is possible when we contextualise it within Simmel’s broader intellectual project and link it to his conception of historical knowledge, 10 his reflections on the third element, the cosmopolitan aesthetic sensibility and the genius. It is suggested that the affinities between the stranger and other ideas within his work allow us to ponder the contribution that Simmel can make to the debate on standpoint epistemologies.

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Journal

Journal of intercultural studies

Volume

33

Season

Special Issue: The Stranger

Pagination

675-689

Location

Melbourne, Vic.

ISSN

0725-6868

eISSN

1469-9540

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2012, Taylor & Francis

Issue

6

Publisher

Routledge

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