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Practicing Social Science: Sociologists and their Craft

Practicing Social Science: Sociologists and their Craft

1st Edition

Devorah Kalekin-Fishman
July 05, 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...

Writing and Thinking in Contemporary Academia: The Poetics of Clarity

Writing and Thinking in Contemporary Academia: The Poetics of Clarity

1st Edition

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...

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

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

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...

Reviewing Political Criticism: Journals, Intellectuals, and the State

Reviewing Political Criticism: Journals, Intellectuals, and the State

1st Edition

Elisabeth K. Chaves
January 28, 2015

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...

Knowledge for Whom?: Public Sociology in the Making

Knowledge for Whom?: Public Sociology in the Making

1st Edition

Christian Fleck, Andreas Hess
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...

New Public Spheres: Recontextualizing the Intellectual

New Public Spheres: Recontextualizing the Intellectual

1st Edition

Peter Thijssen, Walter Weyns, Sara Mels
November 21, 2013

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...

Zygmunt Bauman: Why Good People do Bad Things

Zygmunt Bauman: Why Good People do Bad Things

1st Edition

Shaun Best
August 12, 2013

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...

The Politics of Academic Autonomy in Latin America

The Politics of Academic Autonomy in Latin America

1st Edition

Fernanda Beigel
January 11, 2013

Academic autonomy has been a dominant issue among Latin American social studies, given that the production of knowledge in the region has been mostly suspected for its lack of originality and the replication of Euro-American models. Politicization within the higher education system and recurrent...

Radicalism in French Culture: A Sociology of French Theory in the 1960s

Radicalism in French Culture: A Sociology of French Theory in the 1960s

1st Edition

Niilo Kauppi
November 11, 2010

An invisible pattern draws together most studies dealing with French cultural radicalism in the 1960s with intellectual creation reduced to individual creation and the role of semiotic and social factors that influence intellectual innovation minimized. Sociological approaches often see a more or...

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