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This Festschrift for Irving M. Zeitlin honors a scholar whose work has influenced and continues to influence sociology, particularly classical sociological theory, sociology of religion, and historical sociology. Irving M. Zeitlin's scholarship and mentoring has also influenced and inspired a new generation of sociologists. The essays presented here address a wide range of topics that include classical sociological theory, globalization, bureaucracy, genocide, resistance, ethnic diversity, the intifada, ...
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Society, History, and the Global Human Condition: Essays in Honor of Irving M. Zeitlin

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Overview

This Festschrift for Irving M. Zeitlin honors a scholar whose work has influenced and continues to influence sociology, particularly classical sociological theory, sociology of religion, and historical sociology. Irving M. Zeitlin's scholarship and mentoring has also influenced and inspired a new generation of sociologists. The essays presented here address a wide range of topics that include classical sociological theory, globalization, bureaucracy, genocide, resistance, ethnic diversity, the intifada, anti-Semitism, democracy, geopolitical theory, war literature, science, and national culture. The contributions span a wide range of geographical areas that include Korea, China, India, Poland, Spain, Germany, the ex-Soviet Union, Canada, and the United States. These essays by eminent scholars located in many parts of the world affirm the incredibly broad range of expertise and learning that Irving M. Zeitlin's work has engaged with. The contributions to this volume also serve to highlight the contemporary relevance of the classical sociological tradition in making sense of the global human condition.
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Editorial Reviews

Peter Baehr
A stellar cast of authors, writing on central domestic and international topics of our time, oriented to the work of one of sociology's truly great authors: what more could one ask for? Read this book and get your students to read it. Sociology comes alive in its pages
Toby E. Huff
This fine collection of essays in honor of Irving Zeitlin’s many contributions to Sociology—theoretical, empirical, historical—is a fitting tribute. It is a cornucopia of insights and perspectives that will appeal to a broad range of sociological readers.
Steve Fuller
If significance is measured in terms of the number of interesting and influential students, Irving Zeitlin easily ranks number one among Canadian sociologists. This book is the first to take the full measure of Zeitlin’s academic career, the daring and diversity of which has never been properly appreciated. Zeitlin came of age in the late 1960s when sociologists were trying to reach a theoretical rapprochement between Marx and Weber. Two of Zeitlin’s most distinguished contemporaries in this project, Anthony Giddens and Randall Collins, are among those who pay tribute to Zeitlin’s efforts in these pages. The other chapters are penned by former students, colleagues, and relatives. In reading these arresting reassessments of, say, democracy’s exportability, Islamic extremism, Chinese nationalism, Anti-Semitism, the American street ethic, and the economic preconditions of imperialist and revolutionary politics — all bearing the mark of Zeitlin’s influence — it becomes clear that his has been a truly cosmopolitan vision of sociology that is rarely found in today’s practitioners.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780739140383
  • Publisher: Lexington Books
  • Publication date: 12/18/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 362
  • File size: 594 KB

Meet the Author

Zaheer Baber is professor of sociology at the University of Toronto. Joseph M. Bryant is professor of sociology and religion at the University of Toronto.
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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction: Passing the Torch, Kindling the Fires: Irving M. Zeitlin on the Classical Tradition and its Contemporary Possibilities
Chapter 2 Chapter 1: Mentoring Matters: Reflections on Paidagogy and the Dilemmas of Disciplinarity
Chapter 3 Chapter 2: The Code of the Street
Chapter 4 Chapter 3: The Last Stands of Jews in the Small Town Ghettos of German-Occupied Poland, 1941-1943
Chapter 5 Chapter 4: State Breakdown Theory and Geopolitical Theory: Lessons from the Fall of the Soviet Bloc
Chapter 6 Chapter 5: Breaking the Iron Triangle of Sociological Causation: Structural, Cultural and Agentic Influences on Fatah and Hamas during the Second Intifada
Chapter 7 Chapter 6: Deference versus Democracy in Traditional and Modern Bureaucracy: Grounded Theoretical Refinements of Weber's Ideal Type Model
Chapter 8 Chapter 7: Democracy: 21st-Century Horizons
Chapter 9 Chapter 8: Globalization, Migration, and Globalizing Cities: Implications for Democratic Urban Governance
Chapter 10 Chapter 9: Defining National Culture: The Case of Contemporary China
Chapter 11 Chapter 10: Assimilation and Anti-Semitism: Comparing 15th Century Catholic Spain and Second Reich Germany
Chapter 12 Chapter 11: Christianity in Korea and Japan: A Historical-Sociological Study of Differential Cultural Reception and Social Impact from the 1880's to the 1940's
Chapter 13 Chapter 12: Mannheim, Mills and Merton: The Sociology of Knowledge and Its Ambivalent Reception in America
Chapter 14 Chapter 13: Borders and Hybridity in Contemporary Literature and Social Theory
Chapter 15 Chapter 14: Combat Medicine and War Literature
Chapter 16 Chapter 15: Planting Empires, Producing Science: Botanical Gardens, Plants and the Roots of Globalization
Chapter 17 Appendix A: Complete List of Publications by Irving M. Zeitlin
Chapter 18 Appendix B: Complete List of Ph.D. Dissertations Supervised by Irving M. Zeitlin at the University of Toronto
Chapter 19 Intellectual Biographies of the Contributors
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