Daniel Bell's 'disjunction of the realms': On the importance of unfashionable sociology

Jordan Mckenzie

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    Daniel Bell's multidimensional view of modern social life as a disjunction of differing realms provides an effective example of a sociological analysis that defies typical notions of Left/Right and radical/conservative. Within this framework, Bell moves between traditional alliances, and his unwillingness to take sides makes it difficult to place him within traditional categories. Using Bell as an example, this paper will question the relevance of Right and Left in sociological discourse, and suggest that the distinction between conservative and radical is more substantive.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)96-104
    Number of pages9
    JournalThesis Eleven
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - Oct 2013


    • conservatism
    • Daniel Bell
    • disjunction of the realms
    • end of ideology
    • new left
    • radical right


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