Sorokin and Civilization: A Centennial Assessment

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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 ...
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Overview

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 statesmen among scholars.
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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)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781560002475
  • Publisher: Transaction Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/1/1995
  • Pages: 258

Meet the Author

Michael P. Richard is professor of sociology at the State University of New York.

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Table of Contents

Preface

Roger Williams Wescott

Part I: A Life Remembered

1. Sorokin’s Life and Work

Barry V. Johnston

2. Sorokin Remembered

Edward A. Tiryakian

3. The Sorokin-Merton Correspondence on “Puritanism, Pietism, and Science,” 1933–34

Robert K. Merton

Part II: Sorokin as Gadfly

4. Snakes and Ladders: Parsons and Sorokin at Harvard

William Buxton

5. Sorokin and American Sociology: The Dynamics of a Moral Career in Science

Lawrence T. Nichols

6. Sorokin’s Challenge to Modernity

Palmer C. Talbutt

Part III: Sorokin’s Methodology

7. Sorokin’s Methodology: Integralism as the Key

Joseph B. Ford

8. Sorokin as Dialectician

Robert C. Hanson

9. Sorokin’s Concept of Immanent Change

Robert G. Perrin

10. Civilizational Worldview as an Aggregate of Intuitions

David Richardson

Part IV: Applying Sorokin’s Theories

11. Sorokin versus Toynbee on Civilization

David Wilkinson

12. Applying Sorokin’s Typology

Michel P. Richard

13. An Empirical Assessment of Sorokin’s Theory of Change

George A. Hillery, Jr.

Susan V. Mead

Robert G. Turner, Jr.

14. A Study of Generational Fluctuations in Philosophical Beliefs

Dean Keith Simonton

15. Sorokin’s Vision of Altruistic Love as a Bridge to Human Consensus

Paul V. Crosbie

Samuel P. Oliner

16. Transitions, Revolutions, and Wars

William Eckhardt

Contributors

Bibliography

Name Index

Subject Index

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