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The End of Big Theory? A Rejoinder to Strand

Susen, S. ORCID: 0000-0003-0643-1891 (2023). The End of Big Theory? A Rejoinder to Strand. Social Epistemology Review and Reply Collective, 12(11), pp. 54-73.


I would like to start by thanking Michael Strand (2023) for his thoughtful comments on my recent article, entitled ‘Lessons from Reckwitz and Rosa: Towards a Constructive Dialogue between Critical Analytics and Critical Theory’.[1] As stated in the title of his commentary, Strand aims to answer the following question: ‘Why Don’t Big Theory Books Work in the US?’[2] Seeking to respond to this question, Strand makes a series of insightful remarks, some of which draw on, and some of which go beyond, my previous attempt at establishing a fruitful dialogue between Reckwitz’s critical analytics and Rosa’s critical theory. While, in this rejoinder, I will not be able to cover all the excellent points made by Strand in his commentary, I will try to address at least some of them, notably those that—in my view—are particularly significant and worthwhile discussing in more detail. In addition, I will highlight the matters that—to my mind—need to be explored further by formulating twelve open questions.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Departments: School of Policy & Global Affairs > Sociology & Criminology
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