Elective affinity

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(Chem.) a tendency to unite with certain things; chemism.

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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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The latter aims primarily to identify and demonstrate how Michelangelo and Viola, although born centuries apart, and working in radically different media, both shared what Max Weber called an 'elective affinity' for exploring, cognitively as well as through their art, such fundamental questions as the nature of being, the transience of life, and the search for greater meaning beyond mere mortality.
There is a passing mention of Heinrich Harrer, of Seven Years in Tibet fame, but unfortunately no reference to "Ju-Bus" or the remarkable elective affinity between American Jews and Buddhism.
One of this author's most powerful insights regards how the elective affinity with Italy was unlike the unhappy attraction to German culture (Scholem), and the happy yearning for Zion.
Subsequently I wrote an essay (1998) suggesting that there was a kind of 'elective affinity' between anthropology and anarchism, and highlighted that not only Pierre Clastre, but anarchists like Peter Kropotkin, Murray Bookchin and John Zerzan all wrote insightfully on the 'anarchic solidarity' of tribal societies.
The dire portrayal of the devastated refugees shows an elective affinity to Italian Neo-realism.
The result of this would be the formation of a new species." If Darwin's evolutionary theory is about "elective affinity," as a chemist uses such a term, then Darwin plunges us into the philosophy of science, which is the premise of this article.
He then summarizes the key problem which drives his book as: "in simple terms, why 'the question race always provoked the answer sex,' to use [Roger] Bastide's phrase, or more generally, why race and sex/gender seem to have what I have termed an 'elective affinity' for each other in systems of domination and hierarchy" (p.
He constantly repeats and defends his argument 'that organizational power for social reform does not have to have an elective affinity with leftist ideology, nor must it be rooted in a democratic regime' (p.
He has recently published an article on Weber's "elective affinity" (Sociological Theory, 2010), and the chapter on sociological classics in The New Blackwell Companion to the Sociology of Religion edited by Bryan Turner (2010).
He finds an elective affinity between urbanity and capitalism that emerged in the ninth and tenth centuries and came to be embodied in the values, norms, meanings, and institutions like city hall, the guild, and the university.
Therefore, Chalcraft takes structures seriously and uses an approach that links structures and agents, coercion and consent via a particular version of Gramsci's notion of hegemony, in specific elective affinity or how choices force affinities.