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By Nikolai Genov (auth.), Nikolai Genov (eds.)

Das englischsprachige Buch zieht eine Bilanz der widersprüchlichen intellektuellen Entwicklung der Soziologie über ein halbes Jahrhundert. Die Disziplin braucht diese Aufarbeitung der eigenen Erfahrung, um mit den neuen sozialen und kognitiven Herausforderungen fertig zu werden.

The booklet takes inventory of the in elements contradictory highbrow develoments in sociology of the prior 50 years. This reckoning with the sociological adventure is critical with a purpose to take care of new social and cognitive challenges.

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I apply the idea of post-industrial society to characterize our current society and its ethos or Zeitgeist. Next, I suggest that Columbia sociology ideas ernerging with Merton and Lazarsfeld are distinctly illuminating for interpreting key aspects of the contemporary Zeitgeist. They do better than many alternatives popular in sociology today, especially those of Marxist and Frankfurt School provenance and those linked to the concept of post-modernity. The grand Columbia tradition thus deserves review, rereading, and extension since it provides key elements for present and future work, in the form of core concepts and distinctive research sites.

Crafted on the basis of intimacy with the American administration, it expresses the dominant outlook ofthe Presidency in which 'in so many ways, globalisation is us' (Friedman, 1999: 309). The Global Shift and its Consequencesfhr Sociology 41 Hegelians, some go on to argue that these are complementary processes, and this dialectic is what constitutes globalisation as total world transformation. My own objections to this kind of logic are set out in The Global Age (1996), but when it comes to good research there is no single correct vocabulary.

Simply to be relevant to our eontem- The Global Shifi and its Consequences for Sociology 35 poraries, we could hardly avoid engaging with global issues in recent years. But the global shift means something more; it involves actual advances in our thinking about society. There are no guarantees for advances in knowledge and understanding. Sociologists have not always sustained Simmel 's strategic vision for the discipline. When his ideas were recycled mid-century to buttress ideas of community integration or conceptions of social interaction that excluded considerations of the wider society there were even retreats.

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