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"Boundary Conflict and Civil Sphere: How Institutional Crises are Constructed as Social Endangerments"

Tuesday, October 30, 2012 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Columbia University International Affairs Building Marshall D. Shulman Seminar Room (1219 IAB) 420 West 118th Street New York, NY 10027
Workshop on Meaning: Language and Socio-cultural Processes

Co-organizers Harrison White and Corinne Kirchner
are pleased to announce:

Tuesday October 30th, 2012
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Jeffrey Alexander, PhD
Lillian Chavenson Saden Professor of Sociology;
Co-Director, Center for Cultural Sociology
Yale University

"Boundary Conflict and Civil Sphere: How Institutional Crises are Constructed as Social Endangerments"

Social strains routinely unfold inside of institutional spheres, and do not draw wider concern. Financial mismanagement in the economy, priestly abuses in the church, and violations of media ethics are constructed narrowly and handled by self-legitimating institutional elites. Sometimes, however, such sphere-specific problems get blown up, being experienced as crises for "society" at large. Mediatization is crucial in this process, reframing routine issues as threats to the sacred core of democratic society, creating a context that demands legal punishment and state action.
Columbia University
International Affairs Building
Marshall D. Shulman Seminar Room (1219 IAB)
420 West 118th Street, New York, NY 10027

All are welcome. Light refreshments will be served!

RSVP to: Carmen Morillo - cm2714@columbia.edu
http://iserp.columbia.edu/content/meaning-language-and-socio-cultural-processes-seminar-series