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The PossibleA Sociocultural Theory$
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Vlad P. Glăveanu

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780197520499

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2020

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780197520499.001.0001

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Societies of the Possible

Societies of the Possible

(p.148) 7 Societies of the Possible
The Possible

Vlad P. Glăveanu

Oxford University Press

This chapter uses the core concepts of position, perspective, and dialogue to analyze the workings of society. From this standpoint, we cannot conceive the possible outside of a societal framework given the fact that societies, all over the world and across historical time, comprise a variety of positions and, through the accumulation and transmission of culture, allow the development of perspectives, including on society itself. At the same time, societies are constantly transformed by the sense of possibility that fuels social change, activism, and the imaginative construction of the future in utopias and dystopias. Democratic systems, built on plurality and dialogue, tend in principle to expand the possible for individuals and communities adopting them. And yet democracies, as both a form of government and a way of living, are inherently fragile. In the end, societies of the possible are both an ontological condition for human communal living and a reality that should not be taken for granted.

Keywords:   society, social change, activism, utopias, dystopias, democracy

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