This book is rooted in an epistemological approach to sociology in which the boundaries between Western and non-Western sociologies are acknowledged and built on. It argues that knowledge is organised in conceptual spaces linked to paradigms and programmes which in turn are linked to ethnocentred knowledge processes; that until recently Western approaches, including Post-Colonial, French Social Science and American approaches, have dominated non-Western theories; and that Western theories have sometimes seemed incapable of explaining phenomena produced in other societies. It goes on to argue that the blurring of boundaries between Western and non-Western sociologies is very important; and that such a Post-Western approach will mean co-production and co-construction of common knowledge, the recognition of ignored or forgotten scientific cultures and a "global change" in sociology which imposes theoretical and methodological detours, displacements, reversals and conversions. The book brings together a wide range of Western and Chinese sociologists who explore the consequences of this new approach in relation to many different issues and aspects of sociology.
Introduction - Doing Post-Western Sociology
Part 1 : Globalization and Post-Westernization of Sociology
Chapter 1 - Post-Western Sociology and Global Revolution
Chapter 2 - Post-Western Sociology And Contemporary Chinese Sociology
Li Peilin and Wei Jianwen
Chapter 3 - Construction of China’s Sociological Theory
Chapter 4 - Between Charybdis and Scylla: French Social Thought Faces Globalization
Chapter 5 - Locations and Locutions : Unravelling the Concept of "World Anthropology"
Andrew Brandel and Geneva-Veena Das.
Chapter 6- Chicago School and his influence in Chinese Sociology
Zhou Xiaohong and Tong Yali,
Chapter 7 - The Globalization of Critical Theories. An Essay in the Sociology of Ideas
Part 2 : Sociological traditions in Europe and in China
Chapter 8 - Another 30 years: Society Building from the Perspective of Transition Sociology
Chapter 9 - Social differenciation and dispositional plurality
Chapter 10 - Back to historical views, reconstructing the sociological imagination: The new tradition of classical and historical studies in the modern Chinese transformation
Chapter 11 - Returning Back to Space-Based Sociology: Inheriting Professor Fei Hsiao-Tung’s Academic Heritage
Chapter 12 - A new view on Institution: a neo-durkheimian point of view
Chapter 13 - Totalitarian Experience and Knowledge Production Sociology in Central and Eastern Europe 1945-1989
Chapter 14 - The measurement of Guanxi Circles
Part 3 : Modernities, agency and individuation
Chapter 15 - How to study the individuals in the South? The Latin-American case
Chapter 16 - Domination and agency
Chapter 17 - Understanding Chinese Social Relations from the Perspective of "Guanxi"
Chapter 18 - What makes society Uncertainty an analyser of mutation in France
Chapter 19 - An Alternative Autonomy: The Self-adaptations of Chinese Sociology in the 1950s
Chapter 20 - Ethnicity and Individuation