Western societies today are caught in a crisis brought about by the challenge of voices like Du Bois'. Once national states were stable, and their governments and universities the guarantors of social progress. Today they are broken apart by acrimonious confusion over how to respond to the challenges of racial and ethnic minorities, feminists, gays and lesbians, and post colonials. In clear and convincing language, Sociology After the Crisis measures the importance of these new voices, which are both challenges to and opportunities for the sociological imagination.
The crisis-riddled world needs a renewed sociology perhaps even more than it requires economic or political advice. Charles Lemert sees sociology as first and foremost a special type of practical, moral wisdom. Sociology is the way in which individuals try to understand the inner secrets of social life against the embracing structures of the modern world. All professional sociologies build, or ought to build, from this fundamental human attempt to take the measure of one's self in a structured world.
Readers will find Sociology After the Crisis an elegant, well-informed, and captivating defense of sociology. It is writing strongly reminiscent of others in sociology's long tradition of morally passionate exposition -- writers like W.E.B. Du Bois, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, C. Wright Mills, and Alvin Gouldner.
Lemert's appreciative insights span the historical development of sociology from the days of Durkheim and Weber, through those of Merton and Parsons, to today's sociology influenced by Dorothy Smith, Bourdieu, Giddens and many more. With uncommon ease the author speaks of writers like these in relation to Gloria Anzaldúa, Cornel West and others who represent the current wave of practical sociologies.
Sociology After the Crisis invites sociologists, social scientists, and all those concerned with today's world to take up once again their responsibilities as public intellectuals and to begin by recognizing that sociology is most powerful when rooted in the practical work of daily life.
|Publisher:||Taylor & Francis|
|Edition description:||New Edition|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)|
About the Author
Charles Lemert is Professor of Sociology at Wesleyan University. He is author most recently of Sociology after the Crisis, Second Edition (Paradigm, 2004), and Dark Thoughts: Race and the Eclipse of Society (Routledge, 2002).
Table of Contents
|1||After the Crisis||1|
|2||Sociology as Theories of Lost Worlds||12|
|3||Modernity's Riddle and Durkheim's Lost Fathers||32|
|4||The End of Ideology, Really!||59|
|5||Measured Selves in Weak Worlds||90|
|7||Three Ways to Think Structures and Ignore Differences||131|
|8||Measuring the Subject's Secrets||168|
|9||The Future of Sociologies||196|
|About the Book and Author||245|