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The ISA Handbook of Diverse Sociological Traditions / Edition 1

The ISA Handbook of Diverse Sociological Traditions / Edition 1

by Sujata Patel


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This latest edition to the ISA Handbook series actively engages with the many tradition of sociology in the world.

Twenty-nine chapters from prominent international contributors discuss, challenge and re-conceptualise the global discipline of sociology; evaluating the diversities within and between sociology traditions of many regions and nation-states. They assess all aspects of the discipline: ideas and theories; scholars and scholarship; practices and traditions; ruptures and continuities through a international perspective.

The Handbook argues that diversities in sociological traditions can be studied at three levels:

First, they need to be studied from multiple spatial location: within localities, within nation-states, within regions and the globe.

Second, they need to be discussed in terms of their sociological moorings in distinct philosophies, epistemologies and theoretical frames, cultures of science and languages of reflection.

Third, the intellectual moorings of sociological practices are extensive. The papers discuss the diverse and comparative sites of knowledge production and its transmission.

Sections include:

Beyond the Classical Theorists: European & American Sociology Today

Local Traditions & Universal Sociologies: The Dilemmas of the Post-Communist States of Central and Eastern Europe

Authoritarianism & Challenges to Sociology in Latin America

The Colonial Heritage & its Sociological Traditions: Africa, the Middle East, West and South Asia and the Caribbean

Local or Universal: Identity & Difference in the Sociology of the Far East

Wide reaching in scope and ambitious in its aims this Handbook will be a relevant and challenging resource for students of sociology and practicing sociologists across the globe. Its goal is to become a text for debating the contours of international sociology.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781847874023
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Publication date: 11/25/2009
Pages: 366
Product dimensions: 7.10(w) x 9.80(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Sujata Patel is a sociologist at the University of Hyderabad. An historical sensibility and a combination of four perspectives – Marxism, feminism, spatial studies and post structuralism – post colonialism influences her work which covers diverse areas such as modernity and social theory, history of sociology/social sciences, city formation, social movements, gender construction, reservation, quota politics and caste and class forma­tions in India. She is also an active interlocutor of teaching and learning practices, and has written on the challenges that organise its reconstitution within classrooms, university structures. She is the author of more than 60 papers and is the series editor of Sage Studies in International Sociology (including Current Sociology Monographs (2010–2014), Oxford India Studies in Contemporary Society (Oxford, India) and Cities and the Urban Imperative (Routledge, India). She is also the author of The Making of Industrial Relations (Oxford University Press, 1997), editor of The ISA Handbook of Diverse Sociological Traditions, Sage London (2010) and Doing Sociology in India, Genealogies, Locations and Practices (Oxford, 2011) as also a co-editor of five books, Bombay: Metaphor of Modern India (Oxford University Press, 1995); Bombay: Mosaic of Modern Culture (Oxford University Press, 1995); Bombay and Mumbai: The City in Transition (Oxford University Press, 2003); Thinking Social Science in India (Sage, 2002); and Urban Studies (Oxford University Press, 2006). She has been associated in various capacities with the International Sociological Association and has been its first Vice President for National Associations (2002–2006).

Table of Contents

Figures and Tables viii

Preface and Acknowledgements ix

About the Contributors xi

Introduction: Diversities of Sociological Traditions Sujata Patel 1

Part 1 The Debate: One Sociology or Many Sociologies 19

1 One Sociology or Many? Piotr Sztompka 21

2 Religion and Reform: Two Exemplars for Autonomous Sociology in the Non-Western Context Syed Farid Alatas 29

3 Learning from Each Other: Sociology on a World Scale Raewyn Connell 40

4 Forging Global Sociology from Below Michael Burawoy 52

Part 2 Beyond the Classical Theorists: European and American Sociology Today 67

5 Sociology in the Spiral of Holism and Individualism Louis Chauvel 69

6 The Various Traditions and Approaches of German Sociology Karl-Siegbert Rehberg 81

7 Diversity, Dominance, and Plurality in British Sociology John Scott 94

8 Sociology, Science and Profession: The Portuguese Experience An?lia Cardoso Torres 105

9 The Visions and Divisions of American Sociology Craig Calhoun Troy Duster Jonathan VanAntwerpen 114

Part 3 Local Traditions and Universal Sociologies: The Dilemmas of Post-Communist States of Central and Eastern Europe 127

10 Post-Communist Democratization and the Practice of Sociology in Central and Eastern Europe Janusz Mucha Mike F. Keen 129

11 What is Russian Sociological Tradition? Debates among Russian Sociologists Elena Zdravomyslova 140

12 Traditions and Ruptures in Hungarian Sociology 1900-2000 D?nes N?medi 152

13 Shooting at a Moving Target: Rediscovering Sociology in Bulgaria Pepka Boyadjieva 163

Part 4 Authoritarianism and Challenges to Sociology in Latin America 175

14 The Five Dilemmas of Latin American Sociology Roberto Brice?o-Le?n 177

15 Dependency Analysis: The Creation of New Social Theory in Latin America Fernanda Beigel 189

16 Development, Dictatorship and Re-democratization - Trajectories of Brazilian Sociology Maria Stela Grossi Porto Tom Dwyer 201

17 Dilemmas, Challenges and Uncertain Boundaries of Argentinian Sociology Diego Ezequiel Pereyra 212

Part 5 The Colonial Heritage and its Sociological Traditions: Africa, the Middle East/West Asia, South Asia and the Caribbean 223

18 Sociology in West Africa: Challenges and Obstacles to Academic Autonomy Ebrima Sall Jean-Bernard Ouedraogo 225

19 Dealing with Domination, Division and Diversity: The Forging of a National Sociological Tradition in South Africa Tina Uys 235

20 Academic Excellence and Social Relevance: Israeli Sociology in Universities and Beyond Victor Azarya 246

21 Palestinian Sociological Production: Funding and National Considerations Sari Hanafi 257

22 Sociology in Iran: Between Politics, Religion and Western Influence Ali Akbar Mahdi 268

23 At Crossroads: Sociology in India Sujata Patel 280

24 Ethnicity and Race within Sociology in the Commonwealth Caribbean Ann Denis 292

Part 6 Local or Universal: Identity and Difference in the Sociology of the Far East 303

25 A New Agenda for the Sociology of Transformation in China Guo Yuhua Shen Yuan Ching Kwan Lee 305

26 Evaluating Sociologists in Taiwan: Power, Profession and Passers Ming-Chang Tsai 313

27 Sociology in Post-World War II Japan Koto Yousuke 324

28 Sociology, Society and the Stale: Institutionalizing Sociological Practice in the Philippines Emma Porio 335

29 Reproducing the Centre at the Periphery: Antipodean Traditions of Sociology Charles Crothers 346

Name Index 358

Subject Index 361

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