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Created: November 13, 2001
Latest Update: November 20, 2001

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The Metaphorical Society:
An Invitation to Social Theory

By Daniel Rigney

Teaching and Review Essay by Jeanne Curran and Susan R. Takata
Copyright: Jeanne Curran, Susan R. Takata, and Olivier Urbain: November 2001.
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This essay is based on Daniel Rigney's The Metaphorical Society: An Invitation to Social Theory. Rowman and Littlefield Publishers, Inc. 2001. ISBN: 0-7425-0938-9 (pbk.)

On pp. 7-8 Rigney compares our understanding of society as social theorists to the Blind Man's understanding of the Elephant. Good example of the arrogance of our "knowingness."

More soon . . . . but meanwhile, The Blind Men and the Elephant files to share.

The eight metaphors Rigney considers are :

  1. Society as Living System
  2. Society as Machine
  3. Society as War
  4. Society as Legal Order
  5. Society as Marketplace
  6. Society as Game
  7. Society as Theater
  8. Society as Discourse

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