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This volume constitutes a sustained effort by prominent sociologists and other social scientists to assess the current standing of sociology. It is a stocktaking of the unique nature of sociology in the light of advances within the discipline itself and within a range of neighbouring disciplines.

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Peter Hedström is Professor of Sociology and Official Fellow of Nuffield College, Oxford. He is one of the key contributors to the literature on social mechanisms, and he has numerous publications in leading sociology journals. He is the current Secretary-General of the International Institute of Sociology.

Björn Wittrock is University Professor at Uppsala University and Principal of the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study. He has published extensively in the fields of intellectual history, historical social science and social theory. He is the current President of the International Institute of Sociology.

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Table of Contents

Peter Hedström and Björn Wittrock: Frontiers of Sociology

The Emergence of Universalism: An Affirmative Genealogy Hans Joas
The Social Sciences and the Two Relativisms Raymond Boudon
The Return to Values in Recent Sociological Theory Piotr Sztompka
Sociology and Political Science: Learning and Challenges Jack Goldstone
Toward a New Comprehensive Social Science Dietrich Rueschemeyer

History and Sociology: Transmutations of Historical Reasoning in the Social Sciences Björn Wittrock
Axial Visions and Axial Civilizations: The Transformations of World Histories Between Evolutionary Tendencies and Institutional Formations S. N. Eisenstadt
Social “Mechanisms” and Comparative-Historical Sociology: A Critical Realist Proposal Philip Gorski

Sociology and the Economic Sciences Neil Smelser
Formal Theory in the Social Sciences Richard Breen
Bourdieu’s Contribution to Economic Sociology Richard Swedberg

Modernity as Experience and as Interpretation: Towards Something Like a Cultural Turn in the Sociology of “Modern Society” Peter Wagner
Geocultural Scenarios Ulf Hannerz

The Social Stance and Its Relation to Intersubjectivity Peter Gärdenfors
Shared Beliefs About the Past: A Cognitive Sociology of Intersubjective Memory Jens Rydgren
The Analytical Turn in Sociology Peter HedströmM

We Always Know More Than We Can Say: Mathematical Sociologists on Mathematical Sociology Christofer Edling
Statistical Models and Mechanisms of Social Processes Aage B. Sørensen
Causal Inference and Statistical Models in Modern Social Sciences Hans-Peter Blossfeld

Notes on Contributors
Author Index

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