Daniel Bell

  • Filename: daniel-bell.
  • ISBN: 9781134845576
  • Release Date: 2002-01-04
  • Number of pages: 200
  • Author: Malcolm Waters
  • Publisher: Routledge



Daniel Bell is perhaps the most famous sociologist of his generation. In this invaluable introduction, Malcolm Waters presents Bell's arguments clearly and fairly.

Key Ideas in Sociology

  • Filename: key-ideas-in-sociology.
  • ISBN: 0748765654
  • Release Date: 2003-01
  • Number of pages: 295
  • Author: Martin Slattery
  • Publisher: Nelson Thornes



Key Ideas in Sociology provides a tour d'horizon of the great sociological thinkers of the last two centuries -- their lives, their main ideas, and their influence on further thinking and practice in sociology. Fifty key thinkers in sociology are represented, both to give a sense of history to the development of the discipline and to exemplify the range of issues that have been covered. Each essay concludes with an annotated Suggested Readings list, and a General Bibliography is also provided.

Key Sociological Thinkers

  • Filename: key-sociological-thinkers.
  • ISBN: 9781137199607
  • Release Date: 2007-11-06
  • Number of pages: 408
  • Author: Rob Stones
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan



The second edition of this popular and established text provides a comprehensive guide to 23 of the most influential thinkers in sociology. Written by leading academics in the field, Key Sociological Thinkers 2e provides a clear and contextualized introduction to classical and contemporary theory. Each chapter offers an insightful assessment of a different theorist, exploring their lives, works and legacies. Drawing upon examples from the everyday world, an innovative 'Seeing Things Differently' section in every chapter demonstrates how theoretical ideas can be used to illuminate aspects of social life in new ways. Included in this new edition: • Four new chapters, looking at Theodor Adorno, Michael Mann, Dorothy Smith and Zygmunt Bauman • Chapter updates on recent developments • An important new introduction • Three types of contents page to provide easy navigation of the text • Useful glossary boxes throughout, with their own dedicated contents page, to highlight and explain complex theoretical ideas. Key Sociological Thinkers 2e provides a stimulating overview of the best of sociological thought, from Karl Marx, Emile Durkheim and Georg Simmel to Nancy Chodorow, Michel Foucault and Anthony Giddens. It continues to be an essential text for all students of sociological theory.

Daniel Bell and the Decline of Intellectual Radicalism

  • Filename: daniel-bell-and-the-decline-of-intellectual-radicalism.
  • ISBN: 0299105504
  • Release Date: 1986
  • Number of pages: 280
  • Author: Howard Brick
  • Publisher: Univ of Wisconsin Press



What causes a generation of intellectuals to switch its political allegiances—in particular, to move from the opposition to the mainstream? In U.S. history, it is the experience of the “Old Left” intellectuals, who swung from avowal of socialism or Communism in the 1930s to apology for American liberalism in the 1950s, that raises this question pointedly. In this highly original and broadsweeping study, Howard Brick focuses on the career of Daniel Bell as an illustrative case of political transformation, combining intellectual history, biography, and the history of sociology to explain Bell's emerging thought in terms of the tensions between socialists and sociological theory. The resulting work will be of compelling interest to Marxists and American intellectual historians, to sociologists, and to all students of twentieth-century American thought and culture. Daniel Bell's route to political reconciliation was a tortuous one. While it is common wisdom to cite World War II as the force that welded national unity and brought Depression-era radicals to an appreciation of democratic institutions, the war actually turned the young Bell to the left. Opposing the centralized power of American business and military elites at war's end, Bell shared the “new radicalism” that infused Dwight MacDonald's Politics Magazine and motivated C. Wright Mills' early work. Nonetheless, by the early 1950s, Bell had declared the demise of American socialism and endorsed the welfare reforms of the Fair Deal. Brick's study finds, however, that the “new radicalism” of the mid-1940s helped to shape Bell's mature perspective, giving it a richness and critical edge often unrecognized. Brick finds that the heritage of modernism, as manifested in social theory, knit together the process of political transformation, combining disdain for the false promises of liberal progress, estrangement from society at large, and reconciliation with a reality perceived to be full of unconquerable tensions. Brick locates the foundations of Bell's mature social theory in the historical context of his early work—particularly in the political concessions made by the social-democratic movement, in the face of the Cold War, to the reconstruction of capitalist order in the West. The crucial turning point, in World politics as in Bell's thinking, can be located in the years 1947–49. After that point, the different strands of Bell's thinking came together to represent the contradictions in the perspective of a social democrat trapped by the “iron cage” of capitalism, who saw in his political accommodation both the road to progress and the rupture of his hopes. This peculiar paradigm, shaped by the experiences of deradicalization, lies at the heart of Daniel Bell's social theory, Brick finds. At the present critical point in American history, as a new generation of leftist intellectuals undergoes a process similar to that of Bell's generation, Brick's work will be especially important in understanding the historical phenomenon of deradicalization.

Liberalism Versus Conservatism

  • Filename: liberalism-versus-conservatism.
  • ISBN: 1560728124
  • Release Date: 2000
  • Number of pages: 308
  • Author: François B. Gérard
  • Publisher: Nova Publishers



Everyone eschews labels yet we all seem to posses them in the minds of legions of politicians, marketers and even the ever-peering government. We are being targeted daily by flaming liberals, left-wing liberals, right-wing conservatives, compassionate conservatives, religious conservatives and liberals, pinko liberals, middle-of-the-road liberals conservatives and liberals, pinko liberals, middle-of-the-road liberals and conservatives and of course by neoconservatives and neoliberals. The search is on for kindred souls -- the types who will open their wallets to support whatever it is the hucksters are peddling. But what to these concepts mean and do their torchbearers grasp the underlying philosophies or do they care? This bibliography lists over hundreds of entries under each category which are then indexed by title an author.

The End of Ideology

  • Filename: the-end-of-ideology.
  • ISBN: 0674004264
  • Release Date: 1962
  • Number of pages: 501
  • Author: Daniel Bell
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press



This work first argued that the older humanistic ideologies from the 19th and early 20th centuries were exhausted, and that new parochial ideologies would arise. This 2000 edition argues that there is a resumption of history with the end of communism and the return of traditional conflicts.

Sociology of Work

  • Filename: sociology-of-work.
  • ISBN: 9781506320939
  • Release Date: 2013-05-16
  • Number of pages: 1192
  • Author: Vicki Smith
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications



The simple act of going to work every day is an integral part of all societies across the globe. It is an ingrained social contract: we all work to survive. But it goes beyond physical survival. Psychologists have equated losing a job with the trauma of divorce or a family death, and enormous issues arise, from financial panic to sinking self-esteem. Through work, we build our self-identity, our lifestyle, and our aspirations. How did it come about that work dominates so many parts of our lives and our psyche? This multi-disciplinary encyclopedia covers curricular subjects that seek to address that question, ranging from business and management to anthropology, sociology, social history, psychology, politics, economics, and health. Features & Benefits: International and comparative coverage. 335 signed entries, A-to-Z, fill 2 volumes in print and electronic formats. Cross-References and Suggestions for Further Readings guide readers to additional resources. A Chronology provides students with historical perspective of the sociology of work. In the electronic version, the comprehensive Index combines with the Cross-References and thematic Reader's Guide themes to provide robust search-and-browse capabilities.

The Cultural Contradictions of Capitalism

  • Filename: the-cultural-contradictions-of-capitalism.
  • ISBN: 9780786724772
  • Release Date: 2008-08-05
  • Number of pages: 352
  • Author: Daniel Bell
  • Publisher: Basic Books



With a new afterword by the author, this classic analysis of Western liberal capitalist society contends that capitalism--and the culture it creates--harbors the seeds of its own downfall by creating a need among successful people for personal gratification--a need that corrodes the work ethic that led to their success in the first place. With the end of the Cold War and the emergence of a new world order, this provocative manifesto is more relevant than ever.

Twentieth century American cultural theorists

  • Filename: twentieth-century-american-cultural-theorists.
  • ISBN: 0787646636
  • Release Date: 2001
  • Number of pages: 490
  • Author: Paul Hansom
  • Publisher: Gale / Cengage Learning



This award-winning series systematically presents career biographies of writers from all eras and all genres through volumes dedicated to specific types of literature and time periods.

Key Ideas in Sociology

  • Filename: key-ideas-in-sociology.
  • ISBN: 9781412978118
  • Release Date: 2010-05-13
  • Number of pages: 223
  • Author: Peter Kivisto
  • Publisher: Pine Forge Press



Key Ideas in Sociology, Third Edition, is the only undergraduate text to link today’s issues to the ideas and individuals of the era of classical sociological thought. Compact and affordable, this book provides an overview of how sociological theories have helped sociologists understand modern societies and human relations. It also describes the continual evolution of these theories in response to social change. Providing students with the opportunity to read from primary texts, this valuable supplement presents theories as interpretive tools, useful for understanding a multifaceted, ever-shifting social world. Emphasis is given to the working world, to the roles and responsibilities of citizenship, and to social relationships. A concluding chapter addresses globalization and its challenges.

Key Concepts in Sociology

  • Filename: key-concepts-in-sociology.
  • ISBN: 9781137066442
  • Release Date: 2008-09-26
  • Number of pages: 360
  • Author: Ken Roberts
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan



Complementing the student's primary reading, Key Concepts in Sociology presents a comprehensive glossary of the key terms, concepts and figures that dominate the sociological landscape. Organized alphabetically and cross-referenced for ease of use and accessibility, the book also provides suggestions for further reading to consolidate learning.

Fifty Key Sociologists The Contemporary Theorists

  • Filename: fifty-key-sociologists-the-contemporary-theorists.
  • ISBN: 9781134262250
  • Release Date: 2007-01-24
  • Number of pages: 248
  • Author: John Scott
  • Publisher: Routledge



Fifty Key Sociologists: The Contemporary Theorists covers the life, work, ideas and impact of some of the most important thinkers in this discipline. Concentrating on figures writing predominantly in the second half of the twentieth century, such as Zygmunt Bauman, Pierre Bourdieu, Judith Butler, Michel Foucault and Claude Lévi-Strauss, each entry includes: full cross-referencing a further reading section biographical data key works and ideas critical assessment. Clearly presented in an easy-to-navigate A–Z format, this accessible reference guide is ideal for undergraduate and postgraduate students of sociology, cultural studies and general studies, as well as other readers interested in this fascinating field.

Economics and Sociology Towards an Integration

  • Filename: economics-and-sociology-towards-an-integration.
  • ISBN: 9789401713689
  • Release Date: 2013-11-09
  • Number of pages: 178
  • Author: T. Huppes
  • Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media



In recent years economics has been the subject of increasingly severe criticism. It has failed both to predict and to counteract the economic crisis now aftlicting nearly the whole Western world. Economic life is more disrupted than ever: - the rate of inflation has risen alarmingly - unemployment has not been as high since the 1930s - economic growth is stagnating - there is increasing opposition to the inequality in the distribution of income and wealth, on anational scale as weIl as in the world at large - the process of economic integration (EEC, GATT, UNCTAD) is being thwarted - programmes of economic development in the third world have not produced the desired effects - etcetera. Obviously, it would not be fair to put the blame for the crisis on economic science. But the present predicament does call for serious consideration of the !imitations of economic explanation. Among the social sciences, economics is unquestionably the most advanced discipline. Its very sophistication, however, leads it to abstract from social phenomena such as norms, institutions, power, conflict and social change. Thus the manifest influence of sociological variables on the course of economic processes remains hidden. Dominating this book as a drumbeat is the conviction held by the several authors that a c1earer grasp of the current problems may be obtained if economists and sociologists are prepared to co-operate more closely. An interdisciplinary approach is warranted; the distinction between the social sciences should be less sharply drawn.

The Coming Of Post industrial Society

  • Filename: the-coming-of-post-industrial-society.
  • ISBN: 0786724730
  • Release Date: 2008-08-05
  • Number of pages: 352
  • Author: Daniel Bell
  • Publisher: Basic Books



In 1976, Daniel Bell's historical work predicted a vastly different society developing--one that will rely on the "economics of information" rather than the "economics of goods." Bell argued that the new society would not displace the older one but rather overlie some of the previous layers just as the industrial society did not completely eradicate the agrarian sectors of our society. The post-industrial society's dimensions would include the spread of a knowledge class, the change from goods to services and the role of women. All of these would be dependent on the expansion of services in the economic sector and an increasing dependence on science as the means of innovating and organizing technological change.Bell prophetically stated in The Coming of the Post-Industrial Society that we should expect "... new premises and new powers, new constraints and new questions--with the difference that these are now on a scale that had never been previously imagined in world history."

Key Quotations in Sociology

  • Filename: key-quotations-in-sociology.
  • ISBN: 9781134932795
  • Release Date: 2002-09-11
  • Number of pages: 224
  • Author: Kenneth Thompson
  • Publisher: Routledge



First published in 1996. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

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