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Schools of Thought : Twenty-Five Years of Interpretive Social Science - Joan Wallach Scott

Schools of Thought

Twenty-Five Years of Interpretive Social Science

By: Joan Wallach Scott (Editor), Debra Keates (Editor)

Paperback Published: 11th November 2001
ISBN: 9780691088426
Number Of Pages: 416

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"Schools of Thought" brings together a cast of prominent scholars to assess, with unprecedented breadth and vigor, the intellectual revolution over the past quarter century in the social sciences. This collection of twenty essays stems from a 1997 conference that celebrated the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Institute for Advanced Study's School of Social Science. The authors, who represent a wide range of disciplines, are all associated with the School's emphasis on interpretive social science, which rejects models from the hard sciences and opts instead for a humanistic approach to social inquiry.

Following a preface by Clifford Geertz, whose profound insights have helped shape the School from the outset, the essays are arranged in four sections. The first offers personal reflections on disciplinary changes; the second features essays advocating changes in focus or methodology; the third presents field overviews and institutional history; while the fourth addresses the link between political philosophy and world governance. Two recurring themes are the uses (and pitfalls) of interdisciplinary studies and the relation between scholarship and social change. This book will be rewarding for anyone interested in how changing trends in scholarship shape the understanding of our social worlds.

The contributors include David Apter, Kaushik Basu, Judith Butler, Nicholas Dirks, Jean Elshtain, Peter Galison, Wolf Lepenies, Jane Mansbridge, Andrew Pickering, Mary Poovey, Istvan Rev, Renato Rosaldo, Michael Rustin, Joan W. Scott, William H. Sewell, Jr., Quentin Skinner, Charles Taylor, Anna Tsing, Michael Walzer, and Gavin Wright.

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Introduction: School Building: A Retrospective Prefacep. 1
Blurred Genres: Reflections on Disciplinary Practicesp. 13
Political Theory after the Enlightenment Projectp. 15
Twenty-five Years of Social Science and Social Change: A Personal Memoirp. 25
Economic History as a Cure for Economicsp. 41
Can the "Other" of Philosophy Speak?p. 52
Reflections on Interdisciplinarityp. 67
The State of the Art: New Methods and New Questionsp. 83
After History?p. 85
The Global Situationp. 104
Modernity and Identityp. 139
The Role of Norms and Law in Economics: An Essay on Political Economyp. 154
Material Culture, Theoretical Culture, and Delocalizationp. 179
Science as Alchemyp. 194
Thick Description: Field Overviews and Institutional Historyp. 207
Whatever Happened to the "Social" in Social History?p. 209
Postcolonialism and Its Discontents: History, Anthropology, and Postcolonial Critiquep. 227
Structure, Contingency, and Choice: A Comparison of Trends and Tendencies in Political Sciencep. 252
Interdisciplinarity at New York Universityp. 288
The World in Pieces: Political Philosophy and World Governancep. 313
Political Theory and Moral Responsibilityp. 315
A "Moral Core" Solution to the Prisoners' Dilemmap. 330
Reinterpreting Riskp. 348
Retrotopia: Critical Reason Turns Primitivep. 364
International Society: What Is the Best that We Can Do?p. 388
Author Notesp. 403
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ISBN: 9780691088426
ISBN-10: 069108842X
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 416
Published: 11th November 2001
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.59

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