Vocation and Social Context

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The category of Beruf has intrigued sociology since Max Weber made it a fundamental element in understanding the relationship between the individual and society. The richness of the concept can be found in the simultaneous polarity and interpenetration between the subject’s personal profession and the feeling of a call from God: precisely this ambiguity widens the possibility of applying the concept in understanding the meaning that individuals give to their own professions, activities and, more generally, "life in the world.” Illustrating the different ways in which “vocation-profession” can be interpreted, and how it can be studied from various perspectives and with different scientific sensibilities, this book demonstrates how the concept of Beruf continues to be fertile for contemporary sociology. Contributors: Anthony J. Blasi, Andrew J. Weigert, Franco Garelli, Luigi Berzano, Robert M. Fishman, Keeley S. Jones, Laura M. Leming, Giovanni Dal Piaz, Robert C. Butler

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Giuseppe Giordan, Ph.D. (2002) in Social Sciences, Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (Rome), is Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Valle d'Aosta, Italy. His main works include Valori e cambiamento sociale: definizioni operative e modello esplicativo [Values and Social Change: Working Definitions and Explanatory Models], Dall’uno al molteplice. Dispositivi di legittimazione nell’epoca del pluralismo [From One to Many: Systems of Legitimation in the Age of Pluralism].
Preface
William H. Swatos, Jr.
Introduction
Giuseppe Giordan
1. Vocation
Andrew J. Weigert and Anthony J. Blasi
2. Italian Youth and Ideas of Vocation
Franco Garelli
3. Vocation as a Personal Choice
Luigi Berzano
4. Vocation versus Vocational Status in the Lives of Current
and Former Vowed American Catholic Religious

Anthony J. Blasi
5. Vocation and Vocational “Crisis”: A Study of Italian
Former Priests

Giuseppe Giordan
6. Civic Engagement and Church Policy in the Making of
Religious Vocations: Cross-National Variation in the
Evolution of Priestly Ordinations

Robert M. Fishman and Keely Jones
7. Women, Religious Agency and the Politics of Vocation
Laura M. Leming
8. Seminarians and Vocation
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9. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Life: Vocation as a Social
Movement

Robert C. Butler
Social scientists, religious educators, and those in related disciplines who are interested in vocational or professional developmental issues, epecially persons with responsibility for nurturing religious vocations in the Catholic Church.
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