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The Sociology of Knowledge

Edited by Volker Meja, Professor of Sociology, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada and Nico Stehr, Karl Mannheim Chair for Cultural Studies, Zeppelin University, Germany
This authoritative two volume collection presents both the classic articles and the most important recent literature which are essential for an understanding of the sociology of knowledge.
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Publication Date: 1999
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This authoritative two volume collection presents both the classic articles and the most important recent literature which are essential for an understanding of the sociology of knowledge.

Topics covered in Volume I include the intellectual precursors and emergence of the sociology of knowledge; the classical sociology of knowledge; and the sociology of knowledge dispute. Volume II focuses on more contemporary sociologies of knowledge and the future of the debate.
‘Volker Meja and Nico Stehr’s end-of-the-millennium selection of 60 articles dealing with the history, contemporary state, and future prospects of the sociology of knowledge presents a reliable reference source not only for those especially interested in this field of sociology, but also for those interested in social conditions of genesis and changes of cognitive content of human everyday, religious, philosophical, artistic, scientific, and other beliefs. Meja and Stehr’s collection can be regarded as the most comprehensive indicator of the present state of theory and research in the field of the sociology of knowledge compiled so far.’
– Vera Vratusa, Journal of the History of Behavioral Sciences

‘I would like to stress that The Sociology of Knowledge may become a very suitable source of information and understanding not only for teachers, researchers and students in sociology, and the sociology of knowledge in particular. It may also be inspiring for scholars in the history of ideas, social philosophy and political science. I would even claim that it can be useful reading for any social scientist who wants to reflect more closely on how his or her specialised profession works and what may be the role of its actors in a wider social context.’
– Karel Müller, Canadian Journal of Sociology Online
61 articles, dating from 1926 to 1996
Contributors include: A. Comte, E. Durkheim, M. Foucault, S. Freud, M. Halbwachs, K. Mannheim, K. Marx, F. Nietzsche, V. Pareto, K. Popper
Contents:

Volume I:
Acknowledgements • Introduction
Part I: Intellectual Precursers of Sociology of Knowledge
1. Francis Bacon (1620), ‘On the Interpretation of Nature and the Empire of Man’
2. Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels (1844/1932), ‘Concerning the Production of Consciousness’
3. Karl Marx (1867), ‘The Fetishism of Commodities and the Secret Thereof’
4. Auguste Comte (1875-77), ‘From Metaphysics to Positivist Science’
5. Friedrich Nietzsche (1873), ‘On Truth and Lies in a Nonmoral Sense’
6. Vilfredo Pareto (1916), ‘Mind and Society’
7. Sigmund Freud (1901/1927), ‘Projection and Wish-fulfillment’
Part II: The Emergence of Sociology of Knowledge
8. Emile Durkheim (1902-1914), ‘Sociology of Knowledge’
9. Maurice Halbwachs (1925), ‘The Social Frameworks of Memory’
10. Lucien Lévy-Bruhl (1910), ‘The Retreat from Prelogical Mentality and the Progress Toward Logical Thought’
11. Max Weber (1904-1905), ‘Asceticism and the Spirit of Capitalism’
12. Georg Lukács (1923), ‘Class Consciousness’
13. John Dewey (1938), ‘Common Sense and Scientific Inquiry’
14. Georg Herbert Mead (1922), ‘A Behaviorist Account of the Significant Symbol’
Part III: The Classical Sociology of Knowledge
15. Max Scheler (1926), ‘The Sociology of Knowledge: Formal and Material Problems’
16. Karl Mannheim (1925), ‘The Problem of a Sociology of Knowledge’
17. Karl Mannheim (1926), ‘The Ideological and Sociological Interpretation of Intellectual Phenomena’
18. Karl Mannheim (1931), ‘The Sociology of Knowledge’
Part IV: The Sociology of Knowledge Dispute
19. Karl Mannheim (1928), ‘Competition as a Cultural Phenomenon’
20. Karl Mannheim (1929), ‘Ideology and Utopia’
21. Hannah Arendt (1929), ‘Philosophy and Sociology’
22. Ernst Grünwald (1934), ‘The Sociology of Knowledge and Epistemology’
23. Herbert Marcuse (1929), ‘The Sociological Method and the Problem of Truth’
24. Max Horkheimer (1930), ‘A New Concept of Ideology?’
25. Helmuth Plessner (1931-32), ‘The Conception of Ideology and its Vicissitudes’
26. Hans Speier (1938), ‘The Social Determination of Ideas’
27. Theodor W. Adorno (1953), ‘The Sociology of Knowledge and its Consciousness’
28. Karl Popper (1962), ‘The Sociology of Knowledge’
29. Martin Jay (1974), ‘The Frankfurt School’s Critique of Karl Mannheim and the Sociology of Knowledge’
Name Index

Volume II:
Part V: The Classical Sociology of Knowledge Revisited
1. Arthur Child (1941), ‘The Theoretical Possibility of the Sociology of Knowledge’
2. Robert K. Merton (1945), ‘The Sociology of Knowledge’
3. C. Wright Mills (1940), ‘Methodological Consequences of the Sociology of Knowledge’
4. Talcott Parsons (1959), ‘An Approach to the Sociology of Knowledge’
5. Kurt H. Wolff (1959), ‘The Sociology of Knowledge and Sociological Theory’
6. Georges Gurvitch (1966), ‘Types and Forms of Knowledge’
7. Werner Stark (1960), ‘The Conservative Tradition in the Sociology of Knowledge’
8. Florian Znaniecki (1940), ‘Sociology and Theory of Knowledge’
Part VI: Contemporary Sociologies of Knowledge
9. Norbert Elias (1971), ‘Sociology of Knowledge: New Perspectives Part 1’
10. Norbert Elias (1971), ‘Sociology of Knowledge: New Perspectives Part 2’
11. Barry Barnes and David Bloor (1982), ‘Relativism, Rationalism and the Sociology of Knowledge’
12. Ulrich Beck (1992), ‘Modern Society as a Risk Society’
13. Peter Berger (1966), ‘Identity as a Problem in the Sociology of Knowledge’
14. Peter Berger and Thomas Luckmann (1966), ‘Introduction: The Problem of the Sociology of Knowledge’
15. David Bloor (1981), ‘Durkheim and Mauss Revisited: Classification and Sociology of Knowledge’
16. David Bloor (1976), ‘The Strong Programme in the Sociology of Knowledge’
17. Michel Foucault (1969), ‘Science and Knowledge’
18. Clifford Geertz (1973), ‘Thick Description: Towards an Interpretive Theory of Culture’
19. Jürgen Habermas (1968), ‘Technology and Science as Ideology'’
20. Sandra Harding (1986), ‘The Social Structure of Science: Complaints and Disorders’
21. Karin Knorr-Certina (1984), ‘The Fabrication of Facts: Toward a Microsociology of Scientific Knowledge’
22. Thomas Kuhn (1962), ‘The Nature and Necessity of Scientific Revolutions’
23. Michael Mulkay (1981), ‘Knowledge and Utility: Implications for the Sociology of Knowledge’
24. Barry Schwartz (1981), ‘Conclusion’
25. Dorothy E. Smith (1990), ‘Women’s Experience as a Radical Critique of Sociology’
26. Nico Stehr (1994), ‘The Texture of Knowledge Societies’
27. Janet Wolff (1975), ‘The Sociology of Art and the Concept of World-view’
Part VII: Prospects
28. Dick Pels (1996), ‘Karl Mannheim and the Sociology of Knowledge: Toward a New Agenda’
29. Volker Meja and Nico Stehr (1988), ‘Social Science, Epistemology, and the Problem of Relativism’
30. Harvey Goldman (1994), ‘From Social Theory to Sociology of Knowledge and Back: Karl Mannheim and the Sociology of Intellectual Knowledge Production’
31. Ann Swidler and Jorge Arditi (1994), ‘The New Sociology of Knowledge’
Name Index