What is Historical Sociology?

Author: Richard Lachmann
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 0745672043
Category: Social Science
Page: 176
View: 7302
Sociology began as a historical discipline, created by Marx, Weber and others, to explain the emergence and consequences of rational, capitalist society. Today, the best historical sociology combines precision in theory-construction with the careful selection of appropriate methodologies to address ongoing debates across a range of subfields. This innovative book explores what sociologists gain by treating temporality seriously, what we learn from placing social relations and events in historical context. In a series of chapters, readers will see how historical sociologists have addressed the origins of capitalism, revolutions and social movements, empires and states, inequality, gender and culture. The goal is not to present a comprehensive history of historical sociology; rather, readers will encounter analyses of exemplary works and see how authors engaged past debates and their contemporaries in sociology, history and other disciplines to advance our understanding of how societies are created and remade across time. This illuminating book is designed for use in graduate and advanced undergraduate courses as an introduction to historical sociology and as a guide to employing historical analysis across the discipline.

Handbook of Historical Sociology

Author: Gerard Delanty,Engin F Isin
Publisher: SAGE
ISBN: 9780761971733
Category: Social Science
Page: 417
View: 368
This Handbook consists of 26 chapters on historical sociology. Part One is devoted to Foundations, Part Two moves on to consider major approaches and Part Three is devoted to the major themes in historical sociology. Systematic and informative it offers readers the most complete and authoritative guide to historical sociology.

Soziologische Phantasie

Author: C. Wright Mills
Publisher: Springer-Verlag
ISBN: 365810015X
Category: Social Science
Page: 325
View: 4657
Soziologische Phantasie, die erstmals 1963 erschienene deutsche Übersetzung von C. Wright Mills‘ The Sociological Imagination, darf zurecht als Meilenstein wissenschaftlich-politischer Debatten in den Vereinigten Staaten betrachtet werden und zählt auch heute noch zu einer der wichtigsten Selbstkritiken der Soziologie. Mills schlägt hier einen dritten Weg zwischen bloßem Empirismus und abgehobener Theorie ein: Er plädiert für eine kritische Sozialwissenschaft, die sich weder bürokratisch instrumentalisieren lässt noch selbstverliebt vor sich hin prozessiert, sondern gesellschaftliche Bedeutung erlangt, indem sie den Zusammenhang von persönlichen Schwierigkeiten und öffentlichen Problemen erhellt. Eben dies sei Aufgabe und Verheißung einer Soziologie, die sich viel zu häufig „einer merkwürdigen Lust an der Attitüde des Unbeteiligten“ hingebe.

Historical Sociology

Author: Philip Abrams
Publisher: Cornell University Press
ISBN: 9780801492433
Category: History
Page: 353
View: 3404
This book argues that history and sociology share the same vital preoccupation: the desire to unravel the puzzle of human agency. How do large-scale social transformations occur, and what is the role of the individual in them? Phil Abrams devotes three chapters to the development of industrialism and scrutinizes, in that connection, the theories of Marx, Weber, and Durkheim. Subsequent chapters consider Talcott Parsons and the debate on "convergence"; the formation of "states"; the idea of the "event" as a legitimate concern of history and sociology; individuals and sociological generations; deviancy and revolution; and a final chapter on the limits of historical sociology.

Historical Sociology of International Relations

Author: Stephen Hobden,John M. Hobson
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521004763
Category: History
Page: 315
View: 1182
Insight from historical sociology promotes a re-thinking of international relations theory in this 2001 collection.

What Is a Case?

Exploring the Foundations of Social Inquiry
Author: Charles C. Ragin,Howard Saul Becker
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521421881
Category: Social Science
Page: 242
View: 5931
The concept of the case is a basic feature of social science research and yet many questions about how a case should be defined, selected, and judged are far from settled. The contributors to this volume probe the nature of the case and the ways in which different understandings of the concept affect the conduct and the results of research. The contributions demonstrate that the work of any given researcher is often characterised by some hybrid of these basic approaches, and it is important to understand that most research involves multiple definitions and uses of cases, as both specific empirical phenomena and as general theoretical categories.

Reflexive Historical Sociology

Author: Arpad Szakolczai
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134656157
Category: Political Science
Page: 304
View: 4838
This book reconstructs and brings together the work of a number of social and political theorists in order to gain new insight on the emergence and character of modern Western society. It examines the intersection point of social theory and historical sociology in a new theoretical approach called "reflexive historical sociology". There is analysis of the works of Max Weber, Michel Foucault, Norbert Elias, Eric Voegelin and a number of others. The book is divided into three parts. Part 1 examines the works of Eric Voegelin, Norbert Elias, Lewis Mumford and Franz Borkenau. Part 2 is concerned with the major conceptual tools such as experience, liminality, process, symbolisation, figuration, order, dramatisation and reflexivity, and themes such as the history of forms of thought, subjectivity, knowledge and closed space and regulated time. Finally, the book examines the most important insights of the thinkers discussed, concerning the historical processes that led to modernity.

Emile Durkheim, His Life and Work

A Historical and Critical Study
Author: Steven Lukes
Publisher: Stanford University Press
ISBN: 9780804712835
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 676
View: 5133
This study of Durkheim seeks to help the reader to achieve a historical understanding of his ideas and to form critical judgments about their value. To some extent these tow aims are contradictory. On the one hand, one seeks to understand: what did Durkheim really mean, how did he see the world, how did his ideas related to one another and how did they develop, how did they related to their biographical and historical context, how were they received, what influence did they have and to what criticism were they subjected, what was it like not to make certain distinctions, not to see certain errors, of fact or of logic, not to know what has subsequently become known? On the other hand, one seeks to assess: how valuable and how valid are the ideas, to what fruitful insights and explanations do they lead, how do they stand up to analysis and to the evidence, what is their present value? Yet it seems that it is only by inducing oneself not to see and only by seeing them that one can make a critical assessment. The only solution is to pursue both aims--seeing and not seeing--simultaneously. More particularly, this book has the primary object of achieving that sympathetic understanding without which no adequate critical assessment is possible. It is a study in intellectual history which is also intended as a contribution to sociological theory.

The Sociological Imagination

Author: C. Wright Mills
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780199756346
Category: Social Science
Page: 256
View: 6452
C. Wright Mills is best remembered for his highly acclaimed work The Sociological Imagination, in which he set forth his views on how social science should be pursued. Hailed upon publication as a cogent and hard-hitting critique, The Sociological Imagination took issue with the ascendant schools of sociology in the United States, calling for a humanist sociology connecting the social, personal, and historical dimensions of our lives. The sociological imagination Mills calls for is a sociological vision, a way of looking at the world that can see links between the apparently private problems of the individual and important social issues.

Einladung zur Soziologie

Eine humanistische Perspektive
Author: Peter Berger
Publisher: UTB
ISBN: 3825248321
Category: Social Science
Page: 224
View: 9733
Im Alter von 35 Jahren schrieb Peter L. Berger seine charmante Einführung „Invitation to Sociology“, welche in zahlreiche Sprachen übersetzt wurde. Mit seiner konkurrenz- und zeitlosen »Einladung zur Soziologie« eröffnet er auf möglichst leichtfüßige und eingängige Art einen Zugang in die Denk- und Arbeitsweisen des Fachs. Ergänzt wird das Werk durch ein aktuelles Interview, das die Herausgeberin Michaela Pfadenhauer mit Peter L. Berger über dieses Buch und sein heutiges Verständnis von Soziologie führte. Peter L. Berger gilt als bedeutendster Vertreter der „neueren Wissenssoziologie“ und scharfer Analytiker der Gegenwart. Er leitete 30 Jahre lang das von ihm gegründete „Institute for Culture, Religion and World Affairs“ (CURA) an der Boston University. Mit dieser utb-Studienausgabe wird das wichtige Werk Studienanfängern wieder zugänglich gemacht.

The Perspective of Historical Sociology

The Individual as Homo-Sociologicus Through Society and History
Author: Jirí Subrt
Publisher: Emerald Group Publishing
ISBN: 1787433641
Page: 248
View: 5464
This book provides a comprehensive overview of the range of themes which make up the field of Historical Sociology. Jiř� Subrt systematically discusses the main problems of societal development, long term process and changes in the key areas of social life. These include not only temporalized sociology, evolutionary theory, civilizational analysis, societal systems, structures and functions, but also modernization and revolution, risk, crisis, catastrophe and collapse, wars, conflicts and violence, nations, nationalism and collective memory. This study does not ignore the fundamental dichotomy underlying the discipline, which is between individualism and holism. At the heart of this book lies the human individual as related to social and historical development. The key question is who or what is responsible for the process of human history: society or the individual? The author concludes by offering an approach which may help in resolving this dilemma.

Twenty Years of the Journal of Historical Sociology

Volume 2: Challenging the Field
Author: Yoke-Sum Wong,Derek Sayer
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1444309730
Category: Social Science
Page: 352
View: 8394
Over the last twenty years the Journal of HistoricalSociology has redefined what historical sociology can be. Theseessays by internationally distinguished historians, sociologists,anthropologists and geographers bring together the very best of theJHS. Volume 1 focuses on the British state, Volume 2 on thejournal’s wider interdisciplinary challenges. The second in a two-volume anthology representing the bestarticles published in The Journal of Historical Sociologyover the last twenty years. Includes essays, debates and responses written byinternationally distinguished historians, sociologists,anthropologists and geographers as well as by pioneering newerscholars have been influential in challenging and redefining thefield of historical sociology. Spans a range of issues and topics that combine rich empiricalscholarship with sophisticated theoretical engagement, bringingtogether the very best of the JHS. Challenges the nature of undertaking interdisciplinary workwithin history and the social sciences. A wide exploration of the historiographical, taking us beyondEurope and often highlighting unconventional approaches to thedisciplines.

Zivilisationstheorie in der Bilanz

Beiträge zum 100. Geburtstag von Norbert Elias
Author: Annette Treibel,Reinhard Blomert,Helmut Kuzmics
Publisher: Springer-Verlag
ISBN: 3663119106
Category: Social Science
Page: 331
View: 8941
Der Band ist anläßlich des 100. Geburtstag des Soziologen Norbert Elias entstanden. Er enthält Beiträge, die sich ergänzend, kritisch oder vergleichend mit Leben und Werk von Elias beschäftigen. Aufgrund der späten "Entdeckung" von Norbert Elias Ende der 60er Jahre mußte zunächst sein Werk gesichtet und gesichert werden. Diese erste Phase der Rezeption dauert an, wie die Neuausgabe des Zivilisationsbuches dokumentiert. Mittlerweile hat jedoch die zweite Phase der Rezeption eingesetzt. Sie ist durch Bilanzierungen, kritische Aufarbeitungen und Weiterentwicklungen gekennzeichnet. Das Buch umfaßt neue Aspekte der Eliasschen Biographie, grundsätzliche Probleme der "Architektur" seiner Theorie, Vergleiche mit anderen Theoretikern, und es gibt den Forschungsstand zu klassischen wie aktuellen Anwendungsbereichen der Zivilisationstheorie wieder.

On Law and Justice

Author: Alf Ross
Publisher: The Lawbook Exchange, Ltd.
ISBN: 1584774886
Category: Law
Page: 383
View: 9429
Ross, Alf. On Law and Justice. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1959. xi, 383 pp. Reprint available December 2004 by the Lawbook Exchange, Ltd. ISBN 1-58477-488-6. Cloth. $90. * In this influential and oft-cited study Ross discounted the theories of natural law, positivism and legal realism. In their stead, he proposed the abandonment of "ought-propositions" for the "is-propositions" employed by other empirical sciences, thereby envisioning lawyers that serve merely as "rational technologists." Less bound by tradition, and traditional notions of justice, jurisprudence then becomes "not only a beautiful mental activity per se, but also an instrument which may benefit any lawyer who wants to understand what he is doing and why" (Preface).

Foucault and Heidegger

Critical Encounters
Author: Alan Milchman,Alan Rosenberg
Publisher: U of Minnesota Press
ISBN: 9780816633791
Category: Philosophy
Page: 368
View: 4856
An essential consideration of these two closely related and influential figures. Michel Foucault and Martin Heidegger are two of the most important intellectual figures of the twentieth century, and yet there are significant, largely unexplored questions about the relationship between their projects. Foucault and Heidegger stages a crucial critical encounter between these two thinkers; in doing so, it clarifies not only the complexities of the Heidegger-Foucault relationship, but also their relevance to questions about truth and nihilism, acquiescence and resistance, and technology and agency that are central to debates in contemporary thought. These essays examine topics ranging from Heidegger's and Foucault's intellectual forebears to their respective understanding of the Enlightenment, modernity, and technology, to their conceptions of power and the political.

International Relations and Historical Sociology

Breaking Down Boundaries
Author: Stephen Hobden
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134666799
Category: Political Science
Page: 228
View: 5452
This book provides an original analysis of recent work by key historical sociologists through the prism of International Relations. Stephen Hobden investigates the number of issues which overlap between the two disciplines by focusing on three main themes: * the ways in which historical sociologists approach international relations in general and the concept of an international system in particular * recent advances on the concept of the state as developed by Historical Sociology and their implications for International Relations * the potential for productive dialogue between the two schools of thought.


Author: Richard Sennett
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9783833306327
Category: Motivation (Psychology)
Page: 431
View: 5358

Philosophie des Geldes

Author: Georg Simmel
Publisher: FV Éditions
ISBN: 2366687516
Category: Philosophy
Page: 400
View: 5991
"Das Geld steht vermöge der Abstraktheit seiner Form jenseits aller bestimmten Beziehungen zum Raum: Es kann seine Wirkungen in die weitesten Fernen erstrecken, ja, es ist gewissermaßen in jedem Augenblick der Mittelpunkt eines Kreises potenzieller Wirkungen." G. Simmel Inhaltsverzeichnis : . Wert und Geld . Der Substanzwert des Geldes . Das Geld in den Zweckreihen . Die individuelle Freiheit . Das Geldäquivalent personaler Werte . Der Stil des Lebens