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Alexander Riley

Jeffrey Alexander, Bernhard Giesen and Jason Mast (eds.), Social Performance: Symbolic Action, Cultural Pragmatics and Ritual, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006, 374 pp.

Ron Eyerman and Lisa McCormick (eds.), Myth, Meaning, and Performance: Toward a New Cultural Sociology of the Arts, Boulder: Paradigm Publishers, 2006, 166 pp.

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Social Justice through Enterprises

The End of the 1972/1973 Conjuncture? A Legal Perspective

Hagen Henrÿ

The article begins with reported data on social and economic imbalances and their negative effects on sustainable development. The state, the social partners, and enterprises such as cooperatives formerly organized democratic participation as the central mechanism through which social justice regenerates. Globalization makes them inoperative. That is why we have to reconsider the role of enterprises in general. Their responsibilities under the Global Compact and similar measures are not sufficient, unless they are made legally binding and are complemented by laws that link their structure to the aspects of sustainable development. The article singles out cooperatives and points to their features being approximated through legislation with the features of capitalistic companies, which negatively affects their sustainable development performance. The article concludes with remarks on the challenges for legislators, not least the outdated notion of competitiveness and a radically changing concept of enterprise.

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Recovering Durkheim's 'Second Program of Research'

Roy Rappaport and Jeffrey C. Alexander

Massimo Rosati

Durkheim's 'second program of research' above all refers to his project as developed in Les formes élémentaires de la vie religieuse. This essay examines how it has in turn been developed and taken up nowadays in the work of Roy Rappaport and Jeffrey Alexander. Both of them are concerned with the centrality of ritual and the sacred as active, constitutive elements not just of religion but of all social life, not least modern social life. However, a key difference between them can be found in the issue of the internal dimension of ritual and of the individual's participation in public performance of this. Rappaport emphasizes some sort of general notion of acceptance, in an effort to open up things and get away from the particular epistemological as well as theological commitments of the idea of belief. Alexander still appears to work with the modernist epistemology and 'Protestant' theology of belief. His project of a new Durkheimian cultural sociology has nonetheless itself opened up all kinds of things, and is one of the most creative and dynamic research programs in sociology nowadays.

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John Gillespie and Sarah Richmond

the light of the influence of existentialism and phenomenology. Sartre’s imaginary personages make up his account of individual and social identities. He sees identity as a performance of the individual, whereas Butler sees it as emerging within a

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Humanosphere Potentiality Index

Appraising Existing Indicators from a Long-term Perspective

Takahiro Sato, Mario Ivan López, Taizo Wada, Shiro Sato, Makoto Nishi, and Kazuo Watanabe

to measure human development, there has also been intensive work on developing environmental indicators, such as the Ecological Footprint (EF) ( Wackenagel and Rees 1996 ), the Environmental Performance Index (EPI) ( Esty et al. 2006 ), and the

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The Evolution of 20 Years of Social Quality Thinking

]. De Volkskrant , 23 July . Herrmann , P. 2013 . “ Economic Performance, Social Progress, and Social Quality .” International Journal of Social Quality 2 ( 1 ): 41 – 56 . Herrmann , P. 2016 . “ Social Quality: Regaining Political Economy

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Brexit, Sustainability, Economics, Companies’ Responsibilities, and Current Representations

11 November 2016 ). Herrmann , P. 2012 . “ Economic Performance, Social Progress, and Social Quality . International Journal of Social Quality 2 ( 1 ): 41 – 55 . 10.3167/IJSQ.2012.020104 United Nations . 2015 . World Population Prospects: The

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Jean-Christophe Marcel

connaissance (Cazeneuve). Pour eux, comme pour Davy et Gurvitch, la production américaine est une sorte de boîte à outils épistémologique, dont il faut néanmoins circonscrire les limites pour en améliorer les performances. La tentative de rénovation de la

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The Rule of Law—A Heuristic Perspective?

from rural to urban areas. The politics and policies applied thus far should be changed urgently: The current performance evaluation system for local governance is focused mainly on economic growth, with little attention to resource conservation