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Sociological Visions : With Essays from Leading Thinkers of Our Time - Kai Erickson

Sociological Visions

With Essays from Leading Thinkers of Our Time

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Published: 25th October 1997
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While other academic disciplines claim to focus on specific subject matter, sociologists think of their field as an approach to understanding the often invisible forces and social contexts that shape the way people conduct their lives. How those forces and contexts are structured is central to sociology. But how do sociologists analyze these invisible structures? This book contributes to our understanding by bringing together a remarkable set of master essays about modern sociology written by some of the leading figures of the field. Each author describes a vision of sociological inquiry or offers an example of research that illustrates approaches and problems encountered in doing sociological work.

The whole book is in fact a treat for old stagers in the sociological establishment, full of serious reflections about the difficulties and intriguing intellectual charm of living nd working with a discipline which 'has never been able to make up its mind quite what it is' (Smelser, Sociology as Science, Humanism and Art, p.20).--Martin Albrow, Roehampton Institute and London School of Economics and Political Science "British Journal of Sociology, Vol.50 No.2 (June 1999) "

Preface
Acknowledgments
Prologue: Sociology as a Perspectivep. 3
Sociology as Science, Humanism, and Artp. 17
The Two Faces of Social Sciencep. 31
Disciplined Artfulness and the Human Sciencesp. 57
History and Sociological Imaginingp. 67
The Many Enchantments of Moneyp. 83
Sociology and History: Terms of Endearment?p. 95
Social Science: An Imperfect Artp. 101
Toward a Broader Vision of Inner-City Povertyp. 123
Race, Localism, and Urban Povertyp. 153
Inner-City as Placep. 163
Social Science and Social Policy: A Case Study of Overreachingp. 169
Epilogue: Sociology as a Disciplinep. 185
Introductionp. 219
De-gendering "Man of Science": The Genesis and Epicene Character of the Word Scientistp. 225
On Robert Merton, Mary Somerville, and the Moral Authority of Sciencep. 255
Strange Relationp. 263
A Life of Learningp. 275
About the Contributorsp. 297
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ISBN: 9780847685097
ISBN-10: 0847685098
Series: Phenomenology and Existential
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 25th October 1997
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.71 x 14.86  x 1.75
Weight (kg): 0.42