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The Sociology of Wilhelm Baldamus

Paradox and Inference, 1st Edition

By Charles Turner

Edited by Mark Erickson


148 pages

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Wilhelm 'Gi' Baldamus (1908-1991) was one of the most distinctive voices in British sociology in the second half of the twentieth century. He made major contributions to both industrial sociology and sociological theory, yet many of his central concerns remain under-explored. This volume is the first of its kind to engage with these questions and Baldamus’ responses, in combination with the publication of two of Baldamus's own later writings never before printed in English. A substantial biographical introduction by the editors situates this work within the context of Baldamus’s life both before and after his exile from Nazi Germany, adding background to the exploration of his concerns that research should be underpinned by meticulous theoretical and conceptual work. It will be of interest to sociologists, social theorists, intellectual historians, and those working in the field of social science research methods.'


'This is an ambitious attempt to draw out the distinctive contributions of an idiosyncratic sociologist, working outside the mainstream. He brought a novel angle of approach to British empirical and theoretical sociology; connecting the concerns of theorists and industrial sociologists in original ways. This gives us a valuable new perspective on both familiar and forgotten work of the sixties.' Jennifer Platt, University of Sussex, UK

Table of Contents

Contents: Preface; Introduction, Mark Erickson and Charles Turner; Wilhelm 'Gi' Baldamus: the man, his principles and his academic work, John Rex; Baldamus's adventures with cross-classification, John Eldridge; Efficiency and Effort revisited: emotional labour and contemporary sociology of work, Mark Erickson; 'Gi' Baldamus, Karl Mannheim and the idea of a social science, Peter Lassman; The Structure of Sociological Inference: a forgotten classic?, Charles Turner; The exoteric paradox: a contribution to Ludwik Fleck's theory of science, Wilhelm Baldamus; Networks, Wilhelm Baldamus; Bibliography; Index.

About the Author/Editor

Mark Erickson is Principal Lecturer in the School of Applied Social Science at the University of Brighton, UK Charles Turner is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Warwick

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / General