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Christian Fleck, Christian Fleck and Andreas Hess

The relationship between communism and sociology was never an easy one. Ardent worshipers of communism despised bourgeois scholarship and held sociology responsible for pulling the wool over brave working men’s eyes. In contrast, skeptical sociologists often disapproved of the voluntarism of

The Moral Fabric in Contemporary Societies

The Annals of the International Institute of Sociology – Volume 9


Edited by Grażyna Skąpska, Annamaria Orla-Bukowska and Krzysztof Kowalski

Neither the title of the 35th Congress of the International Institute of Sociology, nor its timing and location were coincidental — The Moral Fabric in Contemporary Societies being discussed in 2001 in Poland, a country which had experienced two totalitarianisms in the previous century. The events of the new millennium thus far demonstrate that history is aimless unless the societies who are its agents have moral goals or visions which they pursue.
The contents of this volume constitute the best evidence of a belief in the universality and importance of moral issues for the social sciences. The deliberations here cover the notion of trust, proceed with the issue of economic inequalities, discuss multiple modernities as a response to imposed modernization, debate postcommunism and corruption, and, finally, examine genocide and its social consequences. The book opens and closes with reflections on the theoretical aspects of what constitutes the moral fabric today.

William Outhwaite, William Outhwaite and Larry Ray

eschew speculative prophecy and stick to testable predictions, we are inclined to suggest something more like the opposite in relation to the analysis of state socialism. There is, of course, a long and ignoble history of euphoria and punch-pulling in Western accounts of communism, fed by an even

Joanna Bielecka-Prus

Akademii Ekonomicznej w Krakowie 2001 566 5 13 Hałas Elżbieta Hałas E. „Socjologia a etyka społeczna w KUL.“ Pomiędzy etyką a polityką 1999 Lublin TN KUL 13 44 Hirszowicz Maria The Bureaucratic Leviathan: a Study in the Sociology of Communism 1980


Saïd Amir Arjomand

The themes of nation-building, post-colonial modernization and constitution-making, post-communist return to the rule of law and constitutional reconstruction, the global expansion of judicial power and judicial activism by the constitutional courts are usually studied by different specialists with somewhat narrow foci. This book is a unique and ambitious interdisciplinary attempt at the integration of these related fields, and offers a timely theoretical synthesis of the most important global constitutional trends in the last half-century. These essays by prominent authorities on different subjects and geographical areas offer a comprehensive, comparative view of the most important constitutional developments of two eras, bringing together the transplantation of the constitutional pattern of the nation-state and the current wave of globalization of constitutionalism and the rule of law. Contributors are: S.A.Arjomand, Nathan J. Brown, Ruth Gavison, Julian Go, Keyvan Tabari, Heinz Klug, Jill Cottrell, Yash Ghai, László Sólyom, Jacek Kurczewski, Anders Fogelklou, Grażyna Skąpska, Dieter Grimm, Kim Lane Scheppele, Ruth Rubio Marín , and Dicle Kogacioğlu.

Stanislav Andreski

Communism and the Jews in Eastern Europe* STANISLAV ANDRESKI University of Reading, Reading, U.K. TI-3E ABSENCE OF JEWS among the known figures of the great English and French revolutions can be attributed primarily to their small numbers in the population (which was especially the case in

Erik Allardt

Social Sources of Finnish Communism: Traditional and Emerging Radicalism 1 ERIK ALLARDT University of Helsinki, Finland Finland as a Test Case FINLAND provides a good case for testing propositions about the social sources of radical political movements. The Communist movement in Finland has

Petr Matejů

Who Votes Left after the Fall of Communism? The Czech Republic in Comparative Perspective1 PETR MATEJ � ABSTRACT The results of the Czech parliamentary election held in May 1996 were a surprise to many, due to a considerable increase of the proportion of votes cast for left-wing political

Monica Ciobanu

Netherlands (on acid-free paper). © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2009 DOI: 10.1163/156913308X375586 Comparative Sociology 8 (2009) 1–38 Comparative Sociology CompSoc Th e End of the Democratic Transition? Analyzing the Quality of Democracy Model in Post-Communism Monica Ciobanu

Samuel Clark

sequential stages in these transformations. Comte held that Europe had advanced through three stages that he called the theological-military, the metaphysical-legal, and the positive or scientific- industrial. Marx identified six stages: primitive communism, antiquity, feudalism, and capitalism, as well as