A Handful of Thistles: Collected Papers in Moral Conviction

Voorkant
Transaction Publishers, 1 jan. 1988 - 309 pagina's
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This selection of essays by one of the most eminent sociologists of our time represents a selection of his analytical and moral or political writing over a lifetime of work. The book is organized thematically rather than chronologič ally, and is divided into four parts: pač¨ ers on the uses of sociology, on ideas and ideologies, on sociological analysis, and a final section entitled professing sociology. While the collection demonč˛ trates maturation, the author's central preoccupations have remained constant over the years. A reflective autoč iographical introduction places the au負hors choice of problems and the development of his ideas in the social and cultural context of his life and his work. He confesses to .having experič nced, in his life and his work, being a "stranger within the gate," and believes that this sense of marginality has both informed and influenced his thinking. And he sees the social conflicts that shook the world during his young adulthood as having creative as well as destructive consequences.
 

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Inhoudsopgave

Two Methods in Search of a Substance
3
Liberal Theorizing
31
The Uses of Sociology
43
Kitsch Sociology
49
Lumpen Intellectuals
57
Utopia Revisited
71
Images of Socialism
83
Marxist Thought in the First Quarter
101
Time Perspective and Social Structure
167
To the Memory
181
The Principle of Legitimacy and Its Patterned
193
Totalitarianism
207
The Visibility of Evil
225
The Notion of Civility in Contemporary Society
233
The Case
243
The Functions of Dissent
265

Georg Simmels Neglected Contributions
131
In Praise of Karl Marx
139
AntiIntellectualism
149
The Novelist as a Canary
157
Letter to a Young Sociologist
275
Bibliography
291
Index
303
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