At the end of the 19th century, Marx, Weber, Durkheim, Simmel, Mead, and many others established a completely new way of thinking about reality. Rather than explaining social realities in terms of contracts between people, they talked about contracts between people in terms of social reality and thus saw it as a historically evolved reality structuring present-day interaction. What that means – and what implications it has for our conception of reality - has been the subject of intense scrutiny within the works of the great late 20-century thinkers on social reality, such as Goffman, Foucault, Bourdieu, Habermas, Alexander, Bhaskar, Harré, Se…

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