Transatlantic Voyages and Sociology explores the transatlantic journeys which have inspired American and European sociologists and contributed to the development of sociology in Europe and in North America. Furthering our understanding of the very complex processes which affect the diffusion of ideas, it sheds light on the diverse influences which come into play, be they on an individual, institutional or political level. With an international team of experts investigating the reciprocal influence of sociological thought on either side of the Atlantic, this volume will appeal to any scholar interested in the history of sociology, the mutual influence of systems of thought, and the migration of ideas.
Contents: Preface; Introduction - setting the scene: some preliminary remarks on migration and transfer, Cherry Schrecker; Part I Reception and National Sociologies: The transatlantic origin of the modern reception of Max Weber's work in the 1960s, Ute Gerhardt; Talcott Parsons and the transatlantic voyages of Weberian and Durkheimian theories, Victor Lidz; Transatlantic voyages and national sociologies, Jennifer Platt; Research trips to the United States in the 1950s: from their beginnings to the redefinition of French sociology, Patricia Vannier; The Techniques of the Body by Marcel Mauss: American culture, everyday life and French theory, Jean-Marc Leveratto; The origins of medical sociology, Catherine Déchamp-Le Roux; Community and community studies: a return journey, Cherry Schrecker. Part II Cultural and Academic Visits: Herbert Spencer' dangerous pilgrimage: in America, 1882, David Chalcraft; Lester F. Ward and world sociology, James J. Chriss; Ellwood's Europe, Stephen P. Turner; From the methodological note to the method of sociology: Florian Znaniecki's role in the methodological debate in interwar American sociology, Elzbieta Halas; Social research for social decency: Gunnar and Alva Myrdal and the Chicago school of sociology, E. Stina Lyon. Part III Exile and Reconstruction: A collective biography (prosopography) of German-speaking sociologists, Christian Fleck; Alfred Schutz's influence on American sociology during his lifetime, George Psathas; Hidden impacts of a cultural migration: traces of Lewis Coser's transatlantic experiences in his sociological work, Fiewel Kupferberg; Everett C. Hughes' journey in occupied Germany (1948): black market, bastard institutions and dirty work, Suzie Guth; Nels Anderson in Germany: from interim assignment to long-term involvement, Alexia Arnold; Index.