The Benefit of Broad Horizons

Intellectual and Institutional Preconditions for a Global Social Science

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Editors: Hans Joas and Barbro Klein
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.

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Biographical Note
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
Introduction, Hans Joas and Barbro Klein
What are the Benefits of Broad Horizons?, Peter Gärdenfors

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, Daniel Tarschys


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, Rolf Torstendahl


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


CODA

Better to Be Than Not to Be?, Gustaf Arrhenius and Wlodek Rabinowitz

Tabula Gratulatoria
Index
Readership
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.
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