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A New Science: The Breakdown of Connections and the Birth of Sociology

A New Science: The Breakdown of Connections and the Birth of Sociology

by Bruce MazlishBruce Mazlish
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""What makes this book stand out is the way in which Mazlish situates sociology in the broader context of late eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century social thought. This is the most interesting treatment I have read of how there came to be a felt need for sociology, of how a place was created in the intellectual firmament for this new science."" -Craig Calhoun, University of North Carolina

""At a time of the breakdown of sociology, or at least the virtual loss of the idea of historicity within the discipline, this examination of the birth of sociology can provide valuable insight into the current condition no less than the glorious antecedents of a major field of social research. . . . [A New Science] does a great deal to explain how the field of sociology comes to reject connections, and celebrate distinctions: distinctions of class, race, nationality, and the like. And [in] the extended discussions of Marx, Durkheim, Toennies (who is especially deserving and often ignored in the great chain of European sociological beings) and Weber, we get a word picture of some genuine substance and innovation.""
-Irving Louis Horowitz, History of European Ideas

""Although numerous able interpreters have attempted syntheses of the sociological tradition, Mazlish is the first to search so boldly for its ultimate intentions. . . . Beginning students will find this a stimulating, wittily written introduction to the history of sociology.""
-Harry Liebersohn, American Historical Review

""An accessible, fascinating, erudite, and provocative tour de force with a memorable, even gripping, conclusion. It is a must for both college and general libraries."" -Choice

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780271025872
Publisher: Penn State University Press
Publication date: 04/08/2005
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 348
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.88(d)

About the Author

Bruce Mazlish is Professor of History at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and was awarded the Toynbee Prize for 1986–87. His books include The Fourth Discontinuity (1993), James and John Stuart Mill (1975), and The Western Intellectual Tradition, with J. Bronowski (1960).

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