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  • 1.
    Misheva, Vessela
    Uppsala University, Humanistisk-samhällsvetenskapliga vetenskapsområdet, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    An Inquiry into the Origins of Totalitarianism and the Feeling of Alienation1998In: Designs for Alienation: Exploring Diverse Realities, SoPhi, University of Jyväskylä , 1998, p. 368-Chapter in book (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The theory of autopoietic social systems (Luhmann) is used as an explanatory framework for such historico-sociological puzzles as the origins of social crisis, totalitarianism, the appearance of the crowd, and the mass extermination of internal enemies.

  • 2.
    Misheva, Vessela
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Autopoietic Systems and Their Poietic Counterparts2002In: International Review of Sociology, ISSN 0390-6701, E-ISSN 1469-9273, Vol. 12, no 2, p. 201-221Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 3.
    Misheva, Vessela
    Uppsala University, Humanistisk-samhällsvetenskapliga vetenskapsområdet, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Constructive Realism: Towards a construction of a new reality1997In: The Movement of Constructive Realism, Wilhelm Braumüller, Wien , 1997, p. 109-144Chapter in book (Refereed)
  • 4.
    Misheva, Vessela
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Cybernetics and Systems Theory: Allies or Foes?2008In: Thinking and making connections.: Cybernetic Heritage in the Social and Human Sciences and Beyond, Nobel Museum, Södertörn University, Stockholm, 2008, p. 20-Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 5.
    Misheva, Vessela
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Genius, Nations, and Civilization2005In: International Review of Sociology, ISSN 0390-6701, E-ISSN 1469-9273, Vol. 15, no 3, p. 563-581Article in journal (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
    Abstract [en]

    A debate article, written for the journal's column "Sparks and Ashes."

  • 6.
    Misheva, Vessela
    Uppsala University, Humanistisk-samhällsvetenskapliga vetenskapsområdet, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    George Herbert Mead - Symbolic Interactionist or Systems Theorist?2005In: 37th World Congress of the International Institute of Sociology, Stockholm, 5-9 July, 2005Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 7.
    Misheva, Vessela
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Guilt: What's So Good about Feeling Bad about Yourself?2018In: Emotions, Everyday Life and Sociology / [ed] Michael Hviid Jacobsen, Taylor & Francis, 2018, FirstChapter in book (Refereed)
  • 8.
    Misheva, Vessela
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Jane Addams and the Birth of Microsociology as a Science and a Social Enterprise2018In: Jane Addams' Sociology and the Spirit of Social Entrepreneurship / [ed] Vessela Misheva; Andrew Blasko, Uppsala: Uppsala University, 2018, p. 217-274Chapter in book (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This paper comprises an extended, unified version of several conference presentations that focus on the relationship between Addams’ sociology and social entrepreneurship that the author delivered primarily between 2010 and 2013 at national and international conferences. While it acknowledges the unusually large number of social roles that Addams played, it defines sociology as Addams’ overarching professional identity that subsumes all the others and explains them as attached to the various social roles she played. Addams’s distinctive contribution to sociology is further defined in relation to her becoming a founder of a distinctive type of sociology – radically different from and yet compatible to that which emerged in Europe and is attributed to sociological Fathers – namely, microsociology. The original meaning of microsociology as both a science and a social enterprise is retrieved from a thorough analysis of Addams’ voluminous sociological works, and its difference from macrosociology is explained in reference to the radical difference between gendered social experiences.

    A discussion of the various designations of Addams’ activities at Hull-House, including charity work, philanthropy, applied sociology, settlement sociology, and social work, assists in demonstrating that Hull-House was the prototype of a not-for-profit social enterprise that embodied a conception of sociology that linked the production of true knowledge about social life to the production of social value. It is argued that Addams’ sociological enterprise consequently became a driving force for the emergence of a number of radically new social enterprises, including the establishment of academic sociology and social work as autonomous sciences, through the creation of the scientific and social conditions necessary for their development and institutionalization. Addams is thus given scientific credit for being both the founder of microsociology, and a pioneer social entrepreneur. Addams’ sociology, including the wealth of autoethnographic sociological records she left concerning her life and work as a social entrepreneur, is thus regarded as invaluable, on the one hand, for advancing our knowledge concerning the essence and main principles of social entrepreneurship, which distinguishes it from traditional entrepreneurship as well as the socio-psychological motives and social forces that bring it into being, and, on the other, for reconstructing the history of microsociology, reconsidering its place in science and society, and recovering its status as applied sociology and a driving force in social innovation through its inherent unity of science and social enterprise.

  • 9.
    Misheva, Vessela
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    La sociologia di Jane Addams2017In: Il tempo di Jane Addams.: Sviluppo dei settlements e costuzione dell'analisi sociale / [ed] Raffaele Rauty, Salerno-Napoli: Orthotes , 2017Chapter in book (Refereed)
    Abstract [it]

    Jane Addams referred to herself as a sociologist, but what Addams is remembered for today has little to do either with her reputation as a scholar, or with the sociological articles and books that she wrote for sociological audiences. She is instead remembered for the activities that she regarded as comprising important spheres of application of her professional skills and knowledge, not as the essence of her professional calling, such as acting as a public intellectual in service to the cause of social justice, equality, and social welfare. The sociological community was quite reluctant throughout the twentieth century to acknowledge her status as a professional sociologist and a founder of the discipline. Addams’ recognition as sociologist is closely related to, and in fact inseparable from, the recovery of the sociological identity of her Hull-House. However, gaining a clear understanding of the latter entails sorting out the relationships between sociology and social work, which have remained problematic ever since the two disciplines were separated, as well as acknowledging that Hull-House is an historical site important for the emergence and institutionalization of sociology.

     

    After the many works on Addams which have been written from a sense of duty, solidarity, or political correctness, now is the time to look beyond ‘what is the case’ in order to find out ‘what lies behind it.’  The present text addresses important questions in a way that promises to revitalize the discussion and lead it in new directions.

  • 10.
    Misheva, Vessela
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Luhmann's Legacy2005Collection (editor) (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    The volume focuses upon different aspects of Luhmann's work in an attempt to explore implications for two areas that are not commonly addressed in the debates concerning its scientific importance, namely psychology, and media and communication studies. Presented are four different research agendas based on the author's efforts to continue the discussion Luhmann started, and engage systems theory in new discourses.

  • 11.
    Misheva, Vessela
    Uppsala University, Humanistisk-samhällsvetenskapliga vetenskapsområdet, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Luhmann's Systems Theory and the Question of the Mass Media2005In: Cybernetics & Human Knowing, Vol. 12, no 4, p. 23-50Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The System of the mass media is a more complex case of autopoiesis than any of the other functional systems of society. It allows for description as both an autopoietic and allopoietic system. Theis conclusion is reached on the basis of a thorough analysis of Luhmann's The Reality of the Mass Media against a background of his project as a whole. Main points of discussion are the differences between Luhmann's two magna opera, Social Systems and Die Gesellschaft der Gesellschaft, in respect to their different theoretical foci, as well as the so-called Luhmann-Habermas controvers, which is examined as a controversy between the social sciences and the humanities concerning the humanity and legitimacy of their corresponding methodologies. the social function of the mass media is discussed as residing in the fact that they represent a "generalized other" for all social systems and thus are an important factor in the "socialization" of social systems. Finally, Habermas's public spher, freed from its class context, is discussed in terms of a movement of people as collective users and producers of the main medium (language) that concluded with the institutionalization of the mass media.

  • 12.
    Misheva, Vessela
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Mead: Sources in Sociology2009In: International Sociology, ISSN 0268-5809, E-ISSN 1461-7242, Vol. 24, no 2, p. 159-172Article, review/survey (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This essay is a critical analysis of Da Silva's G. H. Mead: A Critical Introduction, which has the twofold goal of introducing Mead's thought to a new generation of scholars and inspiring a scholarly debate concerning the significance of his work in modern social science. The discussion acknowledges the originality of Da Silva's conception of Mead's thought as a system that develops in and through a dialogue with other thinkers. Nevertheless, this dialogue is shown to be inadequate as a strategy for reconstructing Mead's social psychology, which did not rely solely upon philosophy and psychology. The focus is brought to bear on Da Silva's uncritical acceptance of authoritative opinion concerning the main sources of Mead's inspiration, among which not even a single sociologist is mentioned. The essay argues, on the one hand, that Blumer's symbolic interactionism compressed two quite different traditions into one - a view adequately supported by evidence. Meadian scholarship then continued to conflate and subsume under 'Mead' what may be termed the micro-sociopsychological tradition, as found in the pioneering works of Cooley, and what may be termed the macro-sociopsychological tradition of Mead himself, to which the former gave impetus. The essay also maintains that the origin of Mead's theory cannot be properly understood outside its indebtedness to the sociological climate in America at the turn of the 20th century, which was conditioned by the social and psychological ideas of such thinkers as Jane Addams and Freud. The conclusion is drawn that if the relationship between symbolic interactionism and modern social theory is to be understood, then the area of research should be extended from the main canonical gallery, in which Mead deservedly has a place, to what may be described as the 'minor sociological gallery' of Simmel, Tarde, Addams and Cooley, which at present remains in the background.

  • 13.
    Misheva, Vessela
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Shame and Guilt2006In: Guilt and Shame. Ritual Forms of Dealing With Deviant Behavior.Bremen University, Germany: National Identities and European Myths., Bremen, Germany: Bremen University , 2006Conference paper (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
  • 14.
    Misheva, Vessela
    Uppsala University, Humanistisk-samhällsvetenskapliga vetenskapsområdet, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Shame and Guilt as Master Emotions and the Body-Mind Problem2008In: Schuld und Scham, Heidelberg: Universitätsverlag Winter , 2008Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 15.
    Misheva, Vessela
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Shame and guilt: Sociology as a poietic system2000Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    This dissertation had a clear and simple task: to define what shame is. This necessarily entailed clarifying the distinction between shame and its main modem counterpart, guilt. Insofar as shame and guilt belong to two different worlds, one modem and the other pre-modern, as well as to two different social realms within the modern world itself, the investigation encountered two majorobstacles: 1) the methodological problem created by the observation of the difference between the modem and the non-modem social worlds known as the "paradox of observation" and 2) the lack of a sufficiently complex theoretical framework capable of explaining the evolution of the social world as a transition from shame-culture to guilt-culture.

    The resolution of the first obstacle resides in the articulation of the particular scientific position of sociology as a modem science that neither shares the observation position of philosophy, nor should be perplexed by philosophical problems. The claim here is that the paradox of observationwas formulated in sociological terms only in order to facilitate sociology's self-reflection, in which she can reveal herself as a paradoxical science by virtue of having as much in common with science as with non-science (poetry) and being as much a science of the past (like history) as she is the science of the present (like philosophy).

    In order to tackle the second problem, this work provides an elaboration of the macrosociological theory that presents modem society as an autopoietic system such that this theory becomes capable of serving as a theory of social evolution as well. This entails articulating one of its undeveloped or suppressed aspects, namely, the poietic system, and granting it an independent systems status. The main features of Tönnies' Gemeinschaft or Arendt's private realm are attributed to this latter type of system. As the study concludes, not only are poietic and the autopoietic systems characterized by different languages, different types of socialization processes, and correspondingly different type of social agents, they are also responsible for constructing different types of social selves. Moreover, these two differently constructed social realities have different moral codes in which shame and guilt serve as supreme moral sanctions.

    Even though shame may seem to be an old-fashioned feeling, it cannot simply be considered as some type of "injurious variation" that vanishes with the completion of the process of social modernization, where all its of social functions are taken over by the feeling of guilt. This is so because shame belongs to the realm that is the source of all creativity and all humanity. Guilt is as incapable of carrying by itself the entire burden of being a moral guardian in the modem world as autopoiesis is impossible without poiesis.

  • 16.
    Misheva, Vessela
    Uppsala University, Humanistisk-samhällsvetenskapliga vetenskapsområdet, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Supervision as vocation2008In: N()n()a()g()e()n()t(): om kunskap, kärlek och ingenting särskiljt, Uppsala: Sociologiska institutionen , 2008Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 17.
    Misheva, Vessela
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Systems Theory from a Gender PerspectiveManuscript (Other academic)
  • 18.
    Misheva, Vessela
    Uppsala University, Humanistisk-samhällsvetenskapliga vetenskapsområdet, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Systems Theory in the Age of Globalization2005In: 37th World Congress of the International Institute of Sociology, Stockholm, 5-9 July, 2005Conference paper (Other scientific)
  • 19.
    Misheva, Vessela
    Uppsala University, Humanistisk-samhällsvetenskapliga vetenskapsområdet, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    The Beatles Generation and the End of the Cold War2005In: Music And The Emergence Of Political Culture, 2005Conference paper (Other scientific)
  • 20.
    Misheva, Vessela
    Uppsala University, Humanistisk-samhällsvetenskapliga vetenskapsområdet, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    The Darwin/Shakespeare Controversy. The Sociological Assessment of the Janus-faced Truth.1997In: Von der Einheit des Wissens zur Vielfalt der Wissensformen: Erkenntnis in Philosophie, Wissenschaft und Kunst, Wilhelm Braumüller, Wien , 1997, p. 69-90Chapter in book (Refereed)
  • 21.
    Misheva, Vessela
    Uppsala University, Humanistisk-samhällsvetenskapliga vetenskapsområdet, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    The Social Function of the System of Mass Media2004In: Social Knowledge for the Contemporary World, 2004Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 22.
    Misheva, Vessela
    Uppsala University, Humanistisk-samhällsvetenskapliga vetenskapsområdet, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    The Spirit of Tragedy and Bulgarian Psychology1996In: Balkanistica, ISSN 0360-2206, Vol. 9, p. 118-139Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 23.
    Misheva, Vessela
    Uppsala University, Humanistisk-samhällsvetenskapliga vetenskapsområdet, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    The World of the ICT-user: Towards a theory of Use2001Report (Other scientific)
  • 24.
    Misheva, Vessela
    Uppsala University, Humanistisk-samhällsvetenskapliga vetenskapsområdet, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    The Youth, The Public Sphere and Globalization2004In: Rock och samhälle, 2004Conference paper (Other scientific)
  • 25.
    Misheva, Vessela
    Uppsala University, Humanistisk-samhällsvetenskapliga vetenskapsområdet, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Totalitarian interaction: a systems approach1993In: Sociologia Internationalis. Internationale Zeitschrift für Soziologie, Kommunikations- und Kulturforschung, ISSN 0038-0164, Vol. 31, no 2Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 26.
    Misheva, Vessela
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Totalitarische Interaktionssysteme1994In: Symptome. Zeitschrift für epistemologische Baustellen, ISSN 0930-3472, no 12, p. 13-19Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 27.
    Misheva, Vessela
    Uppsala University, Humanistisk-samhällsvetenskapliga vetenskapsområdet, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    What Does Beatles Have To Do With The Collapse Of The Communist Regime in Eastern Europe?2004In: Sociologförbundets Årsmöte, 2004Conference paper (Other scientific)
  • 28.
    Misheva, Vessela
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Why is symbolic interactionism not a unitary approach?2009In: Sveriges sociologförbundsårsmöte, 2009, p. 10-Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Beginning with the end of the 1980s, social psychology has come to be perceived as a science with three different "faces" or fractions that are growing ever further apart, namely, psychological social psychology, symbolic interactionism, and sociological social psychology. The current renaissance of pragmatism and the growing interest in the theoretical heritage of symbolic interactionism have created expectations that they may help uncover the key for integrating social-psychology as an interdisciplinary field. An examination of the theoretical foundation of symbolic interactionism as consisting of two different social psychologies - those of Cooley and Mead - comprises a good starting point for such an endeavor. The proposed paper investigates and compares Cooley's and Mead's notions of self in immediate relation to the two authors' differing notions of society. Viewing society, whether traditional or modern, as necessarily comprised of two mutually interwoven social realities, makes it possible to understand the relationship between Mead's and Cooley's models of self and also integrate them into a unitary symbolic interactionist perspective.

  • 29.
    Misheva, Vessela
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Blasko, AndrewInstitute for population and human studies, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences.
    Jane Addams' Sociology and the Spirit of Social Entrepreneurship2018Conference proceedings (editor) (Refereed)
  • 30.
    Misheva, Vessela
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Humanistisk-samhällsvetenskapliga vetenskapsområdet, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Brier, Søren
    Foreword: Luhmann's Legacy2005In: Cybernetics & Human Knowing, Vol. 12, no 4, p. 5-7Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 31.
    Misheva, Vessela
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Scott, BernardUK.Van Dijkum, CorThe Netherlands.
    Sociocybernetics: Festschrift2006Collection (editor) (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
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