More than perhaps anybody else in the world, the Swedish political scientist and sociologist Björn Wittrock has contributed - both on the intellectual and institutional level - to making a truly global social science possible. This volume contains contributions from twenty-six world-renowned scholars who address different aspects of his ambitious research program as well as current trends in the institutionalization of the social and human sciences. The essays in this volume focus on such topics as: the role of the state; the reintegration of history and the social sciences; the importance of civilizational studies and the comparison of civilizations; the interaction of cultural and social dynamics; the analysis of trends in higher education and the institutionalization of social-scientific research.
Hans Joas, Ph.D. (1979) in Sociology, Free University of Berlin. Director of the Max Weber Center for Advanced Cultural and Social Studies at the University of Erfurt and Professor of Sociology and Social Thought at the University of Chicago.
Barbro Klein, Ph.D. (1970) in Folklore Studies, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana. Professor Emerita of Ethnology, Stockholm University. Director Emerita and now Permanent Fellow of the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study (SCAS), Uppsala.
Table of contents
Hans Joas and Barbro Klein What are the Benefits of Broad Horizons?,
PART ONE: THE STATE AND THE POLITICAL
The Reconstitution of the Realm of the Political as the Problematique of Modern Regimes,
S.N. Eisenstadt The Strange Hybrid of the Early American State,
Max Edling Policy Metrics under Scrutiny: The Legacy of New Public Management,
PART TWO: HISTORY AND THE SOCIAL SCIENCES
History and the Social Sciences Today,
Jürgen Kocka The Present Position and Prospects of Social and Political Theory,
Dietrich Rueschemeyer The Contingency of Secularization: Reflections on the Problem of Secularization in the Work of Reinhart Koselleck,
Hans Joas The Missing Sentence: The Visual Arts and the Social Sciences in Mid-Nineteenth Century Paris,
Wolf Lepenies Political Economy in A Historical Context: The Case of Malthus and Sweden,
Lars Magnusson Professionalism as Ideology,
PART THREE: CIVILIZATIONAL STUDIES AND COMPARISONS OF CIVILIZATIONS
Interpreting History and Understanding Civilizations,
Johann P. Arnason Comparison without Hegemony,
Sheldon Pollock Developmental Patterns and Processes in Islamicate Civilization and the Impact of Modernization, Said Arjomand Towards a World Sociology of Modernity, Peter Wagner
PART FOUR: CULTURAL AND SOCIAL DYNAMICS
“The First Draft of History”: Notes on Events and Cultural Turbulence, Ulf Hannerz Cultural loss and Cultural Rescue: Lilli Zickerman, Ottilia Adelborg, and the Promises of the Swedish Homecraft Movement, Barbro Klein Buddhist connections between China and Ancient Cambodia: Srama a Mandra’s visit to Jiankang, Wang Bangwei Autochtonous Chinese Conceptual History in a Jocular Narrative Key: The Emotional Engagement Qing, Christoph Harbsmeier On the Contagiousness of Non-Contagious Behavior: The Case of Tax Avoidance and Tax Evasion, Peter Hedström and Rebeca Ibarra
PART FIVE: UNIVERSITIES AND THE DILEMMAS OF HIGHER EDUCATION
Views from the Acropolis and the Agora: Clark Kerr’s Industrial Society, Sheldon Rothblatt The Growing Confusion Between ”Private” and ”Public” in American Higher Education, Neil Smelser The Unintended Consequences of Quantitative Measures in the Management of Science, Peter Weingart The Compression of Research Time and the Temporalization of the Future, Helga Nowotny
Better to Be Than Not to Be?, Gustaf Arrhenius and Wlodek Rabinowitz
Tabula Gratulatoria Index
This book is indispensable reading for all readers in diverse disciplines who are concerned with the present challenges and future potential in the shaping of a truly global social science.