Modern Social Imaginaries Revisited: A Conversation

Craig Calhoun, Dilip P Gaonkar, Benjamin Lee, Charles Taylor, Michael Warner

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The conversation seeks to extend and complicate Charles Taylor’s (2004) account of three constitutive formations of modern social imaginaries: market, the public sphere, and the nation-state based on popular sovereignty in two critical respects. First, it seeks to show how these key imaginaries, especially the market imaginary, are not contained and sealed within autonomous spheres. They are portable and they often leak into domains beyond the ones in which they originate. Second, it seeks to identify and explore the new incipient and/or emergent imaginaries vying for recognition and demanding consideration in the constitution (as well as analysis) of contemporary social life, such as the risk-reward entrepreneurial culture.
Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalSocial Imaginaries
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2015


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