Thinking with Suffering

Wilkinson, Iain M. (2001) Thinking with Suffering. Cultural Values, 5 (4). pp. 421-444. ISSN 1362-5179. (The full text of this publication is not available from this repository)

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14797580109367242

Abstract

This article provides a critical review of literature on ‘social suffering’. Analytical attention is focused upon the ways in which writers struggle to bring ‘meaning’ to this topic. All sense that there is always something in events of extreme suffering that resists conceptualisation and defies analysis. This problem of establishing a language for ‘thinking with suffering’ is explored with reference to the works of Hannah Arendt, Paul Ricoeur and Max Weber. An agenda for sociological research is proposed which focuses on the struggle to make sense out of the phenomenon of suffering as a force of cultural innovation. In this context, it is suggested that what is most interesting here is the evidence to suggest that, when faced with the ‘brute fact’ of a world where there appears to be too much suffering, people are always moved to make this phenomenon productive for thought and action.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: thinking, soffering, sociology
Subjects: H Social Sciences
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Sociology
Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research
Depositing User: Samantha Osborne
Date Deposited: 19 Dec 2007 18:11
Last Modified: 02 Jun 2014 11:27
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/367 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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