Society, History, and the Global Human Condition

Society, History, and the Global Human Condition : Essays in Honor of Irving M. Zeitlin

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This book highlights the continuing relevance of classical sociological theories and concepts in making sense of the contemporary globalized world. Covering a very wide historical and geographical range and topics that include: classical sociological theory, genocide, resistance, the intifada, street gangs, democracy, bureaucracy, war literature, ethnic diversity, national culture, and science, the distinguished contributors to this volume affirm the contemporary relevance of the classical sociological tradition for making sense of the global human condition.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 362 pages
  • 154 x 232 x 30mm | 780.17g
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739140361
  • 9780739140369

Table of contents

Chapter 1 Introduction: Passing the Torch, Kindling the Fires: Irving M. Zeitlin on the Classical Tradition and its Contemporary Possibilities Chapter 2 Chapter 1: Mentoring Matters: Reflections on Paidagogy and the Dilemmas of Disciplinarity Chapter 3 Chapter 2: The Code of the Street Chapter 4 Chapter 3: The Last Stands of Jews in the Small Town Ghettos of German-Occupied Poland, 1941-1943 Chapter 5 Chapter 4: State Breakdown Theory and Geopolitical Theory: Lessons from the Fall of the Soviet Bloc Chapter 6 Chapter 5: Breaking the Iron Triangle of Sociological Causation: Structural, Cultural and Agentic Influences on Fatah and Hamas during the Second Intifada Chapter 7 Chapter 6: Deference versus Democracy in Traditional and Modern Bureaucracy: Grounded Theoretical Refinements of Weber's Ideal Type Model Chapter 8 Chapter 7: Democracy: 21st-Century Horizons Chapter 9 Chapter 8: Globalization, Migration, and Globalizing Cities: Implications for Democratic Urban Governance Chapter 10 Chapter 9: Defining National Culture: The Case of Contemporary China Chapter 11 Chapter 10: Assimilation and Anti-Semitism: Comparing 15th Century Catholic Spain and Second Reich Germany Chapter 12 Chapter 11: Christianity in Korea and Japan: A Historical-Sociological Study of Differential Cultural Reception and Social Impact from the 1880's to the 1940's Chapter 13 Chapter 12: Mannheim, Mills and Merton: The Sociology of Knowledge and Its Ambivalent Reception in America Chapter 14 Chapter 13: Borders and Hybridity in Contemporary Literature and Social Theory Chapter 15 Chapter 14: Combat Medicine and War Literature Chapter 16 Chapter 15: Planting Empires, Producing Science: Botanical Gardens, Plants and the Roots of Globalization Chapter 17 Appendix A: Complete List of Publications by Irving M. Zeitlin Chapter 18 Appendix B: Complete List of Ph.D. Dissertations Supervised by Irving M. Zeitlin at the University of Toronto Chapter 19 Intellectual Biographies of the Contributors
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Review quote

A stellar cast of authors, writing on central domestic and international topics of our time, oriented to the work of one of sociology's truly great authors: what more could one ask for? Read this book and get your students to read it. Sociology comes alive in its pagessss -- Peter Baehr, Lingnan University This fine collection of essays in honor of Irving Zeitlin's many contributions to Sociology-theoretical, empirical, historical-is a fitting tribute. It is a cornucopia of insights and perspectives that will appeal to a broad range of sociological readers. -- Toby E. Huff, Chancellor Professor Emeritus, University of Massachusetts - Dartmouth and research associate in the Department of Astronomy If significance is measured in terms of the number of interesting and influential students, Irving Zeitlin easily ranks number one among Canadian sociologists. This book is the first to take the full measure of Zeitlin's academic career, the daring and diversity of which has never been properly appreciated. Zeitlin came of age in the late 1960s when sociologists were trying to reach a theoretical rapprochement between Marx and Weber. Two of Zeitlin's most distinguished contemporaries in this project, Anthony Giddens and Randall Collins, are among those who pay tribute to Zeitlin's efforts in these pages. The other chapters are penned by former students, colleagues, and relatives. In reading these arresting reassessments of, say, democracy's exportability, Islamic extremism, Chinese nationalism, Anti-Semitism, the American street ethic, and the economic preconditions of imperialist and revolutionary politics - all bearing the mark of Zeitlin's influence - it becomes clear that his has been a truly cosmopolitan vision of sociology that is rarely found in today's practitioners. -- Steve Fuller, Auguste Comte Chair in Social Epistemology, University of Warwick, author of The Intellectual A stellar cast of authors, writing on central domestic and international topics of our time, oriented to the work of one of sociology's truly great authors: what more could one ask for? Read this book and get your students to read it. Sociology comes alive in its pages -- Peter Baehr, Lingnan University
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About Joseph M. Bryant

Zaheer Baber is professor of sociology at the University of Toronto. Joseph M. Bryant is professor of sociology and religion at the University of Toronto.
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