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Man and Society in Calamity

1st Edition

By Pitirim A. Sorokin, Irving Louis Horowitz

Routledge

362 pages

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This is an age of great calamities. War and revolution, famine and pestilence, are again rampant on this planet, and they still exact their deadly toll from suffering humanity. Calamities influence every moment of our existence: our mentality and behavior, our social life and cultural processes. Like a demon, they cast their shadow upon every thought we think and every action we perform. In this classic volume, Sorokin attempts to account for the effects these calamities exert on the mental processes, behavior, social organization, and cultural life of the population involved. In what way do famine and pestilence, war and revolution tend to modify our mind and conduct, our social organization and cultural life? To what extent do they succeed in this, and when and why do they prove less effective? What are the causes of these calamities, and what are the ways out? In dealing with these problems Sorokin tries to give a detailed description of the typical effects of famine and pestilence, war and revolution, such as have repeatedly occurred in all major catastrophes of this kind. To use academic language, he attempts to formulate the principal uniformities regularly manifested during such calamities. This book is a forgotten masterpiece of explanation and prediction. It opened new fields of study and broadened the scope of existing specialties.

Table of Contents

Introduction to the Transaction Edition
Preface
PART ONE: THE INFLUENCE OF CALAMITIES UPON OUR MIND
I. How Calamities Influence Our Affective and Emotional Life
II. How Calamities Affect Our Cognitive Processes, Desires, and Volitions
PART TWO: THE INFLUENCE OF CALAMITIES UPON OUR BEHAVIOR AND VITAL PROCESSES
III. How Famine Influences Our Behavior
IV. How Pestilence, War, and Revolution Influence Our Behavior
V. How Calamities Influence the Vital Processes—Death, Birth, and Marriage Rates and Social Selection
PART THREE: THE INFLUENCE OF CALAMITIES UPON SOCIAL MOBILITY AND ORGANIZATION
VI. Migration, Mobility, and Disruption of Social Institutions
VII. The Infl uence of Calamities upon Political, Economic, and Social Organization
VIII. The Influence of Calamities upon the Economic Standard of Living
PART FOUR: THE INFLUENCE OF CALAMITIES UPON SOCIOCULTURAL LIFE
IX. Two General Effects of Calamities upon Sociocultural Life
X. How Calamities Affect the Religious and Ethical Life of Society
XI. Calamities and Ethico-Religious Process
XII. Sinners and Saints in Calamity
XIII. The Influence of Calamities upon Science and Technology
XIV. Influence of Calamities upon the Fine Arts
XV. Dynamics of Ideologies in Calamity
PART FIVE: CAUSES AND REMEDIES OF CALAMITIES
XVI. Causes of Calamities
XVII. The Way Out of Calamity
XVIII. A Glance Into the Future
Notes
Index

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOC026000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General