Part dialogue, part debate between Howard Schneiderman and a small number of social theorists, Engagement and Disengagement represents the culmination of a life’s work in social theory. On the one hand, it is about cohesive social, cultural, and intellectual forces, such as authority, community, status, and the sacred, that tie us together, and on the other hand, about forces such as alienation, politics, and economic warfare that pull us apart. With a blend of humanism and social science, Engagement and Disengagement highlight this two-culture solution to understanding social and cultural history.
Howard G. Schneiderman is professor of sociology at Lafayette College, in Easton Pennsylvania. He has a longstanding interest in intellectual history, and has written extensively on some of sociology’s leading scholars. He has served in a variety of editorial capacities, including Executive Editor of Society, and editorial consultant to Transaction Publishers. His research interests include charisma, authority, and the intersection of both of these with religion, and he has authored many articles, introductions to classic works, and essays in social theory. This full-length volume, more fully develops many of the ideas initially presented in these smaller works.