In this unprecedented collection, Donald N. Levine rejuvenates the field of social theory in the face of lagging institutional support. The work canvasses the universe of types of theory work in sociology and offers probing examples from his array of scholarly investigations.
Social Theory as a Vocation throws fresh light on the texts of classic authors (Comte, Durkheim, Simmel, Weber, Park, Parsons, and Merton). Ranging widely, its substantive chapters deal with the sociology of strangers and the somatic dimensions of social conflict; the social functions of ambiguity and the use of metaphors in science; contemporary dilemmas of Ethiopian society; logical tensions in the ideas of freedom and reason; and the meaning of nationhood in our global era. The book includes Levine's transformative analysis of the field of Ethiopian studies, and his acclaimed interpretation of the discontents of modernity. It makes the bold move to merge philosophically informed analyses with empirical work.
Finally, Levine focuses on what he views as the contemporary crisis of liberal education, and offers suggestions for ways to stimulate new efforts in teaching and learning to do social theory. This book is an integral contribution to social science collections and should be read by all interested in the future of the social sciences.
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About the Author
Donald N. Levine (1931–2015) was professor emeritus of sociology at the University of Chicago and was founder of an NGO, Aiki Extensions. He received a lifetime achievement award from the American Sociological Association.
Table of Contents
List of Figures
Prologue: Social Theory as a Vocation
Part I Custodial Theory Work
1 Note on Park, The Crowd and the Public2 Max Weber's 1908 Note Regarding Simmel3 Review of the Variorum Edition of Max Weber's Economy and Society4 Taking the Measure of Auguste Comte5 emile Durkheim, Univocalist Manque6 Robert K. Merton On and In Ambivalence7 Revisiting Georg Simmel8 Simmel's Stranger and His Followers9 Simmel and Parsons Reconstructed
Part II Heuristic Theory Work: Internal to the Discipline
10 The Concept of Cultural Integration11 The Organism Metaphor in Sociology12 The Concept of Rationality: From Kant to Weber13 Rationality and Freedom, Weber and Beyond14 Putting Voluntarism Back into a Voluntaristic Theory of Action15 "Ambiguity and Modernity": Engaging a Serendipitous Problem16 Somatic Elements in Social Conflict17 Reconfiguring Ethiopia's Nationhood in a Global Era
Part III Heuristic Theory Work External to the Discipline
18 Simmel as a Resource for Sociological Metatheory19 Sociology after MacIntyre20 Images and Assumptions in a Scholarly Domain: Ethiopian Studies21 Missed Opportunities as a Diagnostic Issue:Ethiopia, 1960–200522 A Problem of Collective Identity23 Modernity and Its Endless Discontents24 Crises in Liberal Education
A Syllabus: American Sociological Theory, 1900–1980B Syllabus: Perspectives on Modern Social TheoryC Syllabus: The Forms and Functions of Social KnowledgeD Syllabus: Organizations of the Social SciencesE Organizing a Practicum in Social Theory