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Practicing Social Science

Sociologists and their Craft

By Devorah Kalekin-Fishman

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302 pages | 2 B/W Illus.

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How is the process of globalization effecting changes in the structure of knowledge in sociology? This path-breaking volume looks at the human dimension of developments in the discipline by compiling a set of interviews that exemplify the life and work of a sociologist today. Their ideas and conceptualizations show to what extent a "paradigm shift" has taken root, answering questions such as whether sociology still remains a differentiated, relatively autonomous social science. The chosen interviewees are about equally divided according to gender and have been selected from among professional sociologists in different parts of the globe, with an emphasis on areas that are under-represented in English publications, such as East Asia, Latin America, and Africa. Analysis focuses on changes which are becoming clear from the on-going confrontation between "traditional" sociology which emerged as a project of modernity, and the sociology practiced by sociologists who are called upon to adapt the discipline to the upheavals of the twenty-first century.

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'This book is a fantastic dive into sociological reflexivity. Looking at the ways sociologists in different corners of the world live their discipline, the author offers the reader an inspiring way to reflect about contemporary sociology. While the sociologists interviewed disclose their lived experience Kalekin-Fishman crafts their discourse into a powerful interpretation of present day challenges confronting not only sociology but all the social sciences.' - Elisa Reis, Professor of Sociology, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

'Thinking globally is not only understanding the global economy. It also means analyzing the world today with new tools, and taking into account recent perspectives that are opened by social scientists all over the world - not only in English. Nobody could do it better than Devorah Kalekin-Fishman, with her experience as a former vice president for publications at the International Sociological Association.' - Michel Wieviorka, President of the Fondation Maison des Sciences de l’Homme and Professor at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, France

Table of Contents

NOTES ON INTERVIEWEES

PREFACE

INTRODUCTION: PRACTICING SOCIAL SCIENCE

PART I: DECLARATIONS AND DILEMMAS

CHAPTER 1. DISCIPLINE, CAREER, PROFESSION: SOCIOLOGY IN PRACTITIONERS' LIVES

CHAPTER 2. COMMUNITY PROCLAMATIONS: OUTLINING PROFESSIONALISM

CHAPTER 3. HOW DOES SOCIAL TRANSFORMATION HAPPEN?

CHAPTER 4. THEORIZING GLOBALIZATION

CHAPTER 5. SOCIAL CHANGE IN A NUTSHELL: THE BRICS AND ECHOES FROM THE ISLAMIC WORLD

PART II: PRACTITIONERS AND THEIR CRAFT

CHAPTER 6. INTERVIEWING COLLEAGUES

CHAPTER 7. THE INTERVIEWS

CHAPTER 7A. BRAZIL

SIMON SCHWARTZMAN

MARIA LIGIA BARBOSA

JOÃO BACHUR

CHAPTER 7B. RUSSIA

DAVID KONSTANTINOVSKIY

ANNA TEMKINA

CHAPTER 7C. FROM THE CHINESE WORLD

HSIN-HUANG MICHAEL HSIAO

AGNES SHU-KEI KU

XIANGQUN CHANG

CHAPTER 7D. SOUTH AFRICA

JOHAN MULLER

TINA UYS

MARYAM SEEDAT KHAN

CHAPTER 7E. FROM THE MUSLIM WORLD

HABIBUL KHONDKER

ÇIĞDEM ADEM

CHAPTER 8. SUBTLETIES OF PRACTICE: CONTINUITIES AND SMALL SHIFTS

POSTWORD: RECAPITULATION WITH CLUES FOR DESIGNING FURTHER INQUIRY

REFERENCES

INDEX

About the Author

Devorah Kalekin-Fishman is Emerita and Senior Researcher in the Faculty of Education at the University of Haifa in Israel. Recent publications include: From the Margins to the Center: An Autoethnography of Passage between Disciplines (with Lea Hagoel, 2016) and The Shape of a Sociology for the 21st Century (ed. with Ann Denis, 2012). She was Vice-President for Publications (2006-2010) for the International Sociological Association.

About the Series

Public Intellectuals and the Sociology of Knowledge

Public Intellectuals and the Sociology of Knowledge
The sociology of knowledge has a long and distinctive history. Its function has always been that of attempting to bridge the aspirations of the discursive and institutional founding fathers of sociology with that of modern attempts to define the discipline through the study of the emergence, role and social function of ideas. However, since Mannheim first outlined his program in the 1920s, the sociology of knowledge has undergone many changes. The field has become extremely differentiated and some of its best practitioners now sail under different flags and discuss their work under different headings. This new series charts the progress that has been made in recent times - despite the different labels. Be it intellectual history Cambridge-style, the new sociology of ideas which is now gaining strength in North America, or the more European cultural analysis which is associated with the name of Bourdieu, this series aims at being inclusive while simultaneously striving for sociological insight and excellence. All too often modern attempts in the sociology of knowledge, broadly conceived, have only looked at form while they downplayed or disregarded content, substance of argument or meaning. This series will help to rectify this.

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Subject Categories

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