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A Fragment of a Sociological Autobiography

The History of My Pursuit of a Few Ideas

A Fragment of a Sociological Autobiography( )
Author: Shils, Edward
Editor: Grosby, Steven Elliott
Grosby, Steven
ISBN:978-0-7658-0336-8
Publication Date:Nov 2006
Publisher:Routledge
Book Format:Hardback
List Price:USD $110.00
Book Description:

Edward Shils was one of the giants of sociological theory in the period after World War II. This autobiography reflects on the range of his life's work and activities. It is an important contribution both to the history of the social sciences in the twentieth century and to sociological theory.

Book Details
Pages:232
Detailed Subjects: Biography & Autobiography / Social Scientists & Psychologists
Physical Dimensions (W X L X H):6.747 x 9.282 x 0.78 Inches
Book Weight:1.1 Pounds
Author Biography
Shils, Edward (Author)
Edward Shils, an American sociologist, is a professor at both the University of Chicago and King's College, Cambridge. The editors of a Festschrift prepared in his honor note that he has been a pioneer in clearing up the logical confusion over the concept of ideology and in exploring the role of intellectuals in contemporary life. Shils's work on the institutionalization of sociology as an academic discipline has been fundamental to all discussions of this question. His interest in sociological concepts has been valuable in analyzing political and cultural leadership and societal cohesion. These concepts include his interpretation of "charisma," his own concepts of "center" and "periphery," and his revision of the term "mass society." Shils also introduced into sociology the concept of "scientific community," now central to the sociology of science. He is the founding editor of Minerva, a major journal in the field of higher education and the sociology of knowledge generally. 020



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