A Handful of Thistles: Collected Papers in Moral Conviction

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Transaction Publishers, 1988 M01 1 - 309 pages
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This selection of essays by one of the most eminent sociologists of our time represents a selection of his analytical and moral or political writing over a lifetime of work. The book is organized thematically rather than chronologiè ally, and is divided into four parts: paè¨ ers on the uses of sociology, on ideas and ideologies, on sociological analysis, and a final section entitled professing sociology. While the collection demonè² trates maturation, the author's central preoccupations have remained constant over the years. A reflective autoè iographical introduction places the auè² hors choice of problems and the development of his ideas in the social and cultural context of his life and his work. He confesses to .having experiè nced, in his life and his work, being a "stranger within the gate," and believes that this sense of marginality has both informed and influenced his thinking. And he sees the social conflicts that shook the world during his young adulthood as having creative as well as destructive consequences.
 

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Contents

Liberal Theorizing
31
The Uses of Sociology
43
Kitsch Sociology
49
Lumpen Intellectuals
57
Utopia Revisited
71
Images of Socialism
83
Marxist Thought in the First Quarter
101
Georg Simmels Neglected Contributions
131
To the Memory
181
The Principle of Legitimacy and Its Patterned
193
Totalitarianism
207
The Visibility of Evil
225
The Notion of Civility in Contemporary Society
233
The Case
243
The Functions of Dissent
265
Letter to a Young Sociologist
275

In Praise of Karl Marx
139
AntiIntellectualism
149
The Novelist as a Canary
157
Time Perspective and Social Structure
167

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