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Monadology and social geography. Theoretical perspectives with Gabriel Tarde Monadologie und Sozialgeographie

Theoretische Perspektiven mit Gabriel Tarde

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In the article, the German-speaking debate on Leibniz' monadology within the social geographical framework of hermeneutics and action theory is linked with current usage of actor-network-theories and assemblage-theories in geographic inquiry. The monadology of Leibniz is deployed and discussed in the light of its interpretation within the social geographic frameworks of the 1980s and 1990s in Germany. With reference to Gabriel Tarde, the article argues that geographical research gains new impulses through the application of a neo-monadological perspective on the social. The implications of such a perspective are discussed in terms of methodological and methodical challenges on the one hand, and in regard to emerging opportunities for conceptual and thematic orientation on the other.

Im Beitrag wird die deutschsprachige Fachdebatte zur Monadologie nach Leibniz im Rahmen der hermeneutischen und handlungstheoretischen Entwürfe zur Sozialgeographie mit aktuellen theoretischen Ansätzen wie Akteur-Netzwerk-Theorien oder assemblage-Theorien in der Humangeographie verknüpft. Zum anderen wird die Monadenlehre nach Leibniz aufgearbeitet und ihre Diskussion innerhalb der Sozialgeographie der 1980er und 1990er Jahre dargestellt. Darauf aufbauend wird mit Rekurs auf Gabriel Tarde eine Neo-Monadologie skizziert und dargestellt inwieweit dies für eine Geographie des Sozialen neue Perspektiven bieten kann. Es werden ferner methodologische und methodische Aspekte einer monadologischen Sozialgeographie diskutiert. Abschließend wird gezeigt, inwiefern das Fach und aktuelle Forschungsperspektiven konzeptionell und inhaltlich von einer solchen Perspektive profitieren könnten.
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Language: German

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: January 1, 2017

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