‘Reconsidering the classics’ is the theme of this selection of papers, from the 1997 Cologne conference of the International Institute of Sociology. This does not imply going back to their answers, but to their topics. Some of the issues covered in this volume are: freedom of societies; the privatisation of belief, ethnicity, and globalisation; East-West relations; and institutional rehabilitation.
The book includes articles by major contemporary sociologists, including Raymond Boudon, Samuel Eisenstadt, William D’Antonio, Saskia Sassen, Pierpaolo Donati, Eugeen Roosens, Nikolai Genov, Mattei Dogan, Gisela Trommsdorff, Margaret Archer, Erwin Scheuch, Friedrich Fürstenberg, Takashi Usui, Erich Weede and M. Munakata.
The International Institute of Sociology, the oldest sociological association in the world, was founded in 1893, and has had distinguished members like Ferdinand Tönnies, Thorstein Veblen, Georg Simmel, Pjotr Sorokin and J.M. Schumpeter.
Erwin K. Scheuch (1928) is Emeritus Professor in Sociology at the University of Cologne (Germany). He was lecturer at Columbia University, Berkeley, Harvard and had guest professorships at Princeton, in Auckland, Paris, Stockholm, Berlin, China and Manchuria. He was the founder and director of the Kölner Institut für Angewandte Sozialforschung (Institute for Comparative Social Research), one of the major sociological institutes in Germany. From 1989 until 1997 he was vice-president and later president of the International Institute of Sociology. Professor Scheuch is a member of many academic organizations and wrote dozens of books about technologies of empirical research, mass communications, political sociology and social issues. His latest book was about the donation crisis in German political parties (Rowohlt 2000).
David Sciulli is Professor of Sociology at Texas A&M University and the author of
Corporate Power in Civil Society: An Application of Societal Constitutionalism (NYU Press, 2001). His earlier publications include
Corporations vs. Court: Private Power, Public Interests (Lynne Reinner Publishers, 1999) and
Theory of Societal Constitutionalism: Foundations of a Non-Marxist Critical Theory (Cambridge University Press, 1992).
Table of contents
1. Societies, Corporations, and the Nation State,
Erwin K. Scheuch 2. Values in a Polytheistic World,
Raymond Boudon 3. Freedom vs. Control in Post-Modern Society: A Relational Approach,
Pierpaolo Donati 4. The Universality of Freedom and Control,
Margaret Archer 5. The Contemporary Scene — Multiple Modernities,
S.N. Eisenstadt 6. Communitarianism and the Privatization of Belief: The Case of U.S. Catholics,
William V. D’Antonio 7. Beyond Sovereignty: De-Facto Transnationalism in Immigration Policy,
Saskia Sassen 8. Transition to Democracy and Nation-State in Eastern Europe,
Nikolai Genov 9. National Identity, Social Order and Political System in Western Europe: Primordial Autochthony,
Eugeen Roosens 10. Nationalism in Europe: Decline in the West, Revival in the East,
Mattei Dogan 11. A Speculation on Some Features of the Japanese Production Practices: 8 Points of Discussion,
Masayuki Munakata 12. Law and Liberty, Capitalism and Democracy in China and the West,
Erich Weede 13. Psychological Aspects of Limits of Institutional Rehabilitation: The Role of Individual Participation,
Gisela Trommsdorff, 14. Social Regression and the Decline of Competence,
Friedrich Fürstenberg 15. Cultural Diversity or Cultural Confusion? — From the Viewpoint of Decentralization and Network,