Re: foundations of the nations

thomas w kavanagh (tkavanag@INDIANA.EDU)
Wed, 14 Aug 1996 09:34:05 -0500

Best quote from Calhoun (1993):

Many of the categories and presumptions of this discourse are so
ingrained in our everyday language and our academic theories that it is
virtually impossible to shed them, and we can only remind ourselves
continuously to take them into account. A simple example is the
assumption that "society" is a noun referring to self-sufficient units
with clear boundaries. Tilly (1984:11) makes this the first of his "eight
Pernicious Postulates of 20th century social thought"