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Visions of the Sociological Tradition

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ISBN-10: 0226475476

ISBN-13: 9780226475479

Edition: 1995

Authors: Donald N. Levine

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Don Levine moves from the origins of systematic knowledge in ancient Greece to the present day to present an account that is at once a history of the social science enterprise and an introduction to the cornerstone works of Western social thought. "Visions" has three meanings, each of which corresponds to a part of the book. In Part 1, Levine presents the ways previous sociologists have rendered accounts of their discipline, as a series of narratives--or "life stories"--that build upon each other, generation to generation, a succession of efforts to envisage a coherent past for the sake of a purposive present. In Part 2, the heart of the book, Levine offers his own narrative, reconnecting…    
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Book details

List price: $46.00
Copyright year: 1995
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 9/1/1995
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 380
Size: 7.32" wide x 11.02" long x 1.06" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

Donald N. Levine is the Peter B. Ritzma Professor of Sociology and former Dean of the College at the University of Chicago. He is the author or editor of several books, most recently, Visions of the Sociological Tradition, also published by the University of Chicago Press. nbsp;

List of Figures
Visions of the Past: Six Histories in Search of a Tradition
Disciplines and Their Stories
Positivist and Pluralist Narratives
Synthetic Narratives
Humanist and Contextualist Narratives
The Changing Need for Narratives
Visions of the Future: Seven Traditions in Search of a Good Society
The Hellenic Tradition
The British Tradition
The French Tradition
The German Tradition
The Marxian Tradition
The Italian Tradition
The American Tradition
Visions of the Present: Social Science in Crisis or Transformation?
Forming and Transforming a Discipline
Diagnoses of Our Time
On the Heritage of Sociology
In Quest of a Secular Ethic Epilogue: Dialogue as an Antidote to Fragmentation?
Selected Dates in the History of Western Social Thought
Graphic Depictions of the Six Types of Narrative
Basic Postulates of the Seven Traditions