Sorokin and Civilization: A Centennial Assessment

Sorokin and Civilization: A Centennial Assessment

by Joseph B. Ford
     
 

Sorokin and Civilization is a festschrift to Pitirim Sorokin, one of the most famed figures of twentieth-century sociology and first president of the International Society for the Comparative Study of Civilizations (ISCSC). He was a giant of the twentieth-century stage in the larger world as well. He debated with Trotsky, exchanged ideas with Pavlov,

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Sorokin and Civilization is a festschrift to Pitirim Sorokin, one of the most famed figures of twentieth-century sociology and first president of the International Society for the Comparative Study of Civilizations (ISCSC). He was a giant of the twentieth-century stage in the larger world as well. He debated with Trotsky, exchanged ideas with Pavlov, and received a personal invitation to meet with President Masaryk of Czechoslovakia. His principled dissent from sociological orthodoxy frequently anticipated that of Charles Wright Mills, Alfred McClung Lee, and Alexander Solzhenitsyn. He was, to paraphrase Joseph Ford, a scholar among statesmen and a statesman among scholars.

The volume is divided into four parts: "A Life Remembered"; "Sorokin as Gadfly"; "Sorokin's Methodology"; and, "Applying Sorokin's Theories." Contributors and chapters to this volume include: "Sorokin's Life and Work" by Barry V. Johnston; "The Sorokin-Merton Correspondence on Puritanism, Pietism, and Science" by Robert K. Merton; "Sorokin and American Sociology: The Dynamics of a Moral Career in Science" by Lawrence T. Nichols; "Sorokin as Dialectician" by Robert C. Hanson; "Applying Sorokin's Typology" by Michel P. Richard; and "Transitions, Revolutions, and Wars" by William Eckhardt. Sorokin and Civilization will appeal to all those with an interest in cultural and historical processes and the life and theories of Sorokin.

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Sixteen essays written in homage to sociologist Sorokin, first president of the International Society for the Comparative Study of Civilizations (ISCSC) who exchanged ideas with Trotsky, Pavlov, and anticipated the work of Mills and Solzehnitsyn. The contributors offer up reminisces of the Sorokin's life and work, examine the challenges he made to orthodox sociology, and discuss his dialecticism and the applications of his theory to civilization and philosophy. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781560002475
Publisher:
Transaction Publishers
Publication date:
01/01/1995
Pages:
258
Product dimensions:
6.69(w) x 9.45(h) x (d)

Meet the Author

Joseph Brandon Ford, who worked closely with Sorokin at Harvard, chaired the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at California State University in Northridge.

Michel Paul Richard, a retired member of the sociology faculty at the State University of New York in Geneseo, is the editor of Thoughts for All Seasons: The Magazine of Epigrams. Palmer C. Talbutt, Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, is the author of Reanimation in Philosophy. Roger Williams Wescott is past president of the International Society for the Comparative Study of Civilizations.

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