Networks, fields, figurations, discursive formations: these and other relational ideas have gained widespread currency in contemporary sociology, and a distinct relational sociology has been on the rise over the past decade and a half. But for this relational turn to lead to a fully-‐ fledged paradigm shift, fundamental questions must be addressed. Just what are relations, anyway? How do we observe and measure them? How does relational sociology extend or revise the achievements of more established sociologies? Just how deep a shift in our understanding of the sociological enterprise does a relational and reflexive framework entail? To develop a more comprehensive relational sociology, we solicit papers on principles, concepts, methods, advantages and limits of relational sociology. Included papers may address such topics as self-‐reflexivity, transactions, agency, interdependency, relational methodologies, and relational social structures or mechanisms or processes, interdisciplinary connections, and the implications of relational thinking for critical theory, amongst other possibilities.
Session Organizers: Christopher Powell, PhD, University of Manitoba, email@example.com; François Dépelteau, Laurentian University, firstname.lastname@example.org; Tatiana Savoia Landini, Federal University of Sao Paulo, email@example.com
This session has been divided into two sub-sessions.
Relational Sociology: From Project to Paradigm (Applied)
Session Code: The5-A
Session Chair: Christopher Powell, University of Manitoba
Relational Sociology: From Project to Paradigm (Conceptual)
Session Code: The5-B
Session Chair: Jean-Sebastien Guy, Dalhousie University