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Public Intellectuals and the Sociology of Knowledge

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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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Writing and Thinking in Contemporary Academia The Poetics of Clarity

Writing and Thinking in Contemporary Academia: The Poetics of Clarity

1st Edition

By Martin Grünfeld
June 20, 2019

Across disciplinary borders, clarity is taken for granted as a cardinal virtue of communication in contemporary academia. But what is clarity, how is it practised in writing across disciplinary borders and how does it affect our ways of researching and thinking? This book explores such questions by...

Practicing Social Science Sociologists and their Craft

Practicing Social Science: Sociologists and their Craft

1st Edition

By Devorah Kalekin-Fishman
May 07, 2019

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 ...

Europe’s New Scientific Elite Social Mechanisms of Science in the European Research Area

Europe’s New Scientific Elite: Social Mechanisms of Science in the European Research Area

1st Edition

By Barbara Hoenig
October 18, 2018

This book examines the question of whether the process of European integration in research funding has led to new forms of oligarchization and elite formation in the European Research Area. Based on a study of the European Research Council (ERC), the author investigates profound structural change ...

The Social Scientific Gaze The Social Question and the Rise of Academic Social Science in Sweden

The Social Scientific Gaze: The Social Question and the Rise of Academic Social Science in Sweden

1st Edition

By Per Wisselgren
June 30, 2017

The social sciences have, ever since they were first established as academic disciplines, played a foundational role in most spheres of modern society - in policy-making, education, the media and public debate - and hence also, indirectly, for our self-understanding as social beings. The Social ...

Zygmunt Bauman Why Good People do Bad Things

Zygmunt Bauman: Why Good People do Bad Things

1st Edition

By Shaun Best
November 28, 2016

In this ground-breaking book, Shaun Best analyses the intellectual knowledge production of Zygmunt Bauman and his rise to academic stardom in the English speaking world by evaluating the relation between his biography, the contexts in which he found himself, and why his intellectual creativity is ...

New Public Spheres Recontextualizing the Intellectual

New Public Spheres: Recontextualizing the Intellectual

1st Edition

By Peter Thijssen, Walter Weyns, Sara Mels
October 31, 2016

The public sphere provides a domain of social life in which public opinion is expressed by means of rational discourse and debate. Habermas linked its historical development to the coffee houses and journals in England, Parisian salons and German reading clubs. He described it as a bourgeois public...

Knowledge for Whom? Public Sociology in the Making

Knowledge for Whom?: Public Sociology in the Making

1st Edition

Edited By Andreas Hess, Christian Fleck
December 28, 2013

This ground-breaking volume is a follow-up to Intellectuals and Their Publics. In contrast to the earlier book, which was mainly concerned with the activity of intellectuals and how it relates to the public, this volume analyses what happens when sociology and sociologists engage with or serve ...

Reviewing Political Criticism Journals, Intellectuals, and the State

Reviewing Political Criticism: Journals, Intellectuals, and the State

1st Edition

By Elisabeth K. Chaves
March 18, 2016

Reviewing Political Criticism examines the rise of the ’review’ form of journal publication, from the early eighteenth to the early twenty-first centuries. The review belongs to a long tradition of written political criticism that first advised, then revised, and with the increased confidence ...

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