The Dialogical Turn: New Roles for Sociology in the Postdisciplinary Age

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The discipline of sociology was born-and has been recurrently reconstituted-in response to the fragmentation of ideas about the social world. For two centuries, sociologists have sought refuge in "synthesis:" programs designed to integrate multiple perspectives within a unifying framework. Yet even as this cause has inspired many of the discipline's major thinkers, past and present, its objective has proven elusive, leaving nearly as many syntheses as synthesizers. This volume considers an alternative response ...

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The Dialogical Turn: New Roles for Sociology in the Postdisciplinary Age

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Overview

The discipline of sociology was born-and has been recurrently reconstituted-in response to the fragmentation of ideas about the social world. For two centuries, sociologists have sought refuge in "synthesis:" programs designed to integrate multiple perspectives within a unifying framework. Yet even as this cause has inspired many of the discipline's major thinkers, past and present, its objective has proven elusive, leaving nearly as many syntheses as synthesizers. This volume considers an alternative response that has recently developed within sociology to the crisis of intellectual fragmentation: "the dialogical turn." Rather than decry the multiplicity of social theories, research methods, and results, this response welcomes a plurality of orientations and approaches as the essential basis for establishing and maintaining productive dialogue. Examining this exciting development, The Dialogical Turn builds on the ideas of Donald N. Levine, whose extensive writings on the forms and functions of intellectual dialogue provide the point of departure for twelve original essays. Written by an internationally renowned group of scholars, these innovative chapters explore the dialogical possibilities for sociology both constructively and critically. The contributors assess the role of sociology in the conversation across contemporary academic disciplines, exploring the fundamental structural and conceptual reconstructions now taking place in sociology and neighboring fields.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742527119
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/15/2004
  • Pages: 328
  • Product dimensions: 5.92 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.71 (d)

Meet the Author

Charles Camic is the Martindale-Bascom Professor of Sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Hans Joas is director of the Max Weber Center for Advanced Cultural and Social Studies, Erfurt, Germany, and professor of sociology and social thought at the University of Chicago.

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Table of Contents

1 The Dialogical Turn 1
2 A Regime of Disciplines: Toward a Historical Sociology of Disciplinary Knowledge 23
3 Interdisciplinarity in Theory and Practice 43
4 The Liberal Arts as a Dialogic Project 65
5 Max Weber and Emile Durkheim in Dialogue: Classical Views on Contemporary Problems 83
6 Die Gesellschaft - An Early Transdisciplinary Project 105
7 Academic Intellectuals 115
8 The Maturity of Social Theory 141
9 Embracing Bodies: Sociology and the Sociology of Sex and Gender 171
10 Where Sociability Comes From: Neurosociological Foundations of Social Interaction 199
11 Is There a Future for Sociology in the Bioglobal Age? 223
12 Rationalization, the Constitution of Meaning, and Institutional Development 247
13 Interdisciplinary Reflections on the Civilizational Dimensions of Modernity 275
Appendix 297
Index 307
About the Contributors 315
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