Revolution in the Social Sciences: Beyond Control Freaks, Conformity, and Tunnel Vision
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Revolution in the Social Sciences: Beyond Control Freaks, Conformity, and Tunnel Vision

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Revolution in the Social Sciences centers on integrating knowledge from sociology, psychology, anthropology, history, political science and economics in order to confront increasing worldwide problems that threaten all of us. That integration of knowledge of human behavior is essential for understanding those problems, given their enormous complexity coupled with the highly specialized nature of the social sciences and their limited communication across specialized fields. It carries further the ideas developed by the Sociological Imagination Group in the seven books it has published since its founding in 2000 (www.sociological-imagination.org): Beyond Sociology's Tower of Babel, Toward a Sociological Imagination, The Invisible Crisis of Contemporary Society, Understanding Terrorism, Armageddon or Evolution? Bureaucratic Culture and Escalating World Problems, and Saving Society. In addition to visible problems like war and terrorism with weapons of mass destruction that are becoming ever more threatening, there are relatively invisible problems. For example, there is an increasing gap between what people throughout the world want-including a decent standard of living and freedom from patterns of hatred like racism, sexism and ageism-and what they are in fact able to get. There is, then, an increasing aspirations-fulfillment gap, largely produced by the "revolution of rising expectations" over the past five centuries. Political leaders who attempt to confront problems can only make limited progress on them, largely because of the failure of social scientists to integrate their knowledge and thus yield the understanding of these complex problems that is required.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 206 pages
  • 149.86 x 226.06 x 15.24mm | 340.19g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0739186000
  • 9780739186008

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This challenging book opens up possibilities in dire days. The authors offer 'realistic optimism' and roads to 'personal evolution.' They weave wide-ranging social science, literary and philosophical writings into a tapestry of human possibilities that connects head (analysis), heart (commitment) and hand (action). Readers will be changed by this book -- S. M. Miller, senior fellow at the Cambridge Institute and professor emeritus at Boston University, was a recent winner of the American Sociological Association's award for the practice of sociology. Co-author of Respect and Rights, he is the author of the forthcoming book The Fourth Wayshow more

About Bernard Phillips

Bernard Phillips, a student of C. Wright Mills at Columbia, received a Ph.D. at Cornell and taught at the University of North Carolina and the University of Illinois before teaching at Boston University. He co-founded ASA's Section on Sociological Practice, founded the Sociological Imagination Group, and founded a series of monographs with Paradigm Publishers, "Advancing the Sociological Imagination," which he coedits with J. David Knottnerus. He resides in Longboat Key, Florida, and can be reached at bernieflps@aol.com. David Christner has worked closely with Bernard Phillips in an effort to help fulfill the aims of the Sociological Imagination Group. Its work is described and illustrated on its website, www.sociological-imagination.org. He is the founder of World Health Advanced Technology, which focuses on the development and testing of enercel, a substance used for achieving biofunctional health. Its effectiveness for a number of diseases is presently being tested in several countries around the world. For details, see www.enercel.org.show more

Table of contents

Preface Introduction Part I. Strategy: Learning from History Chapter 1: Problems: "A Little Learning is a Dangerous Thing" Chapter 2: Toward Solutions: The Road to Individual Evolution Part II. Tactics: Individual Evolution - "Head," "Heart," and "Hand" Chapter 3: "Head": Perception/Thought, Self-Image, and Worldview Chapter 4: "Heart": Emotions and Values Chapter 5: "Hand": Actions/Interactions, Rituals, and Ways of Life Part III. Tactics: Societal Evolution - Groups, Institutions, and Society Chapter 6: From the Learning Individual toward the Learning Group, Institution, and Societyshow more