Practices of Comparing : Towards a New Understanding of a Fundamental Human Practice
Bielefeld University Press Comparing Comparison Cultural History Digital Humanities Historical Change Literary Studies Literature Political Sociology Society Sociology of Knowledge Theory HISTORY / Social History
Bielefeld University Press 2020EISBN 3839451663
Practices of comparing shape how we perceive, organize, and change the world. Supposedly innocent, practices of comparing play a decisive role in forming categories, boundaries, and hierarchies; but they can also give an impetus to question and change such structures. Like almost no other human practice, comparing pervades all social, political, economic, and cultural spheres. This volume outlines the program of a new research agenda that places comparative practices at the center of an interdisciplinary exploration. Its contributions combine case studies with overarching systematic considerations. They show what insights can be gained and which further questions arise when one makes a seemingly trivial practice - comparing - the subject of in-depth research.