The ISA Handbook of Diverse Sociological Traditions

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SAGE Publications, 2010 - Social Science - 366 pages
'Sujata Patel has conjured into existence a brilliant treasury of wisdom and insight drawn from leading sociologists throughout the world, including, for example, Latin America, Africa, India, Europe and the United States. This handbook on sociological traditions not only shows their surprising richness and diversity but also provides a valuable toolkit of concepts, approaches and analyses. It is a striking achievement, of which the International Sociological Association can be very proud, to have brought so many independent-minded scholars into so productive a dialogue' - Dennis Smith, Professor of Sociology, Loughborough University

This latest edition to the ISA handbook series actively engages with the many traditions 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 sociological 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 an 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 locations: 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 Eastern & Central Europe

* Authoritarianism & Challenges to Sociology in Latin America

* The Colonial Heritage & its Sociological Traditions: Africa, the Middle East, 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.


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Diversities of Sociological Traditions
One Sociology or Many Sociologies
1 One Sociology or Many?
Two Exemplars for Autonomous Sociology in the NonWestern Context
Sociology on a World Scale
4 Forging Global Sociology from Below
European and American Sociology Today
5 Sociology in the Spiral of Holism and Individualism
16 Development Dictatorship and Redemocratization Trajectories of Brazilian Sociology
17 Dilemmas Challenges and Uncertain Boundaries of Argentinian Sociology
Africa the Middle EastWest Asia South Asia and the Caribbean
Challenges and Obstacles to Academic Autonomy
The Forging of a National Sociological Tradition in South Africa
Israeli Sociology in Universities and Beyond
Funding and National Considerations
Between Politics Religion and Western Influence

6 The Various Traditions and Approaches of German Sociology
7 Diversity Dominance and Plurality in British Sociology
The Portuguese Experience
9 The Visions and Divisions of American Sociology
The Dilemmas of PostCommunist States of Central and Eastern Europe
10 PostCommunist Democratization and the Practice of Sociology in Central and Eastern Europe
11 What is Russian Sociological Tradition? Debates among Russian Sociologists
12 Traditions and Ruptures in Hungarian Sociology 19002000
Rediscovering Sociology in Bulgaria
PART FOUR Authoritarianism and Challenges to Sociology in Latin America
14 The Five Dilemmas of Latin American Sociology
The Creation of New Social Theory in Latin America
Sociology in India
24 Ethnicity and Race within Sociology in the Commonwealth Caribbean
Identity and Difference in the Sociology of the Far East
25 A New Agenda for the Sociology of Transformation in China
Power Professionand Passersby
27 Sociology in PostWorld War II Japan
Institutionalizing Sociological Practice in the Philippines
Antipodean Traditions of Sociology
Name Index
Subject Index

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About the author (2010)

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).

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