Sociologists in a Global Age, edited by Mathieu Deflem. Ashgate 2007.

Mathieu Deflem, editor
www.mathieudeflem.net

Featuring autobiographical essays by Martin Albrow, Karin Knorr Cetina, Diane E. Davis, Pierpaolo Donati, Leon Grunberg, Horst J. Helle, Eiko Ikegami, Tiankui Jing, Hyun-Chin Lim, Ewa Morawska, Richard Münch, Saskia Sassen, Joachim J. Savelsberg, Piotr Sztompka, Edward A. Tiryakian and Ruut Veenhoven.

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Published by Ashgate. Aldershot, UK.  ISBN: 0 7546 7037 6.



SYNOPSIS

This volume brings together sixteen leading international sociologists to share their experiences of becoming practitioners in the field. Selected for their comparative and transnational interests and experiences, the contributors include: Martin Albrow, Karin Knorr Cetina, Diane E. Davis, Pierpaolo Donati, Leon Grunberg, Horst J. Helle, Eiko Ikegami, Tiankui Jing, Hyun-Chin Lim, Ewa Morawska, Richard Münch, Saskia Sassen, Joachim J. Savelsberg, Piotr Sztompka, Edward A. Tiryakian and Ruut Veenhoven.

Each contributor provides an auto-biographical review of their journey into the discipline with special attention paid to the intellectual and social-political contexts in which their work matured. Each chapter concludes with comments on the future direction in which they see their area of sociology heading. These original and reflective contributions provide fascinating insights into the careers of sociologists living in a global age.



TABLE OF CONTENTS

INTRODUCTION [online copy]
Mathieu Deflem, University of South Carolina, USA

Part I — TRAVERSING WORLDS

UNFINISHED WORK: THE CAREER OF A EUROPEAN SOCIOLOGIST
Martin Albrow, London School of Economics, UK

GOING GLOBAL
Karin Knorr Cetina, Universität Konstanz, Germany

BETWEEN WORLDS: MARGINALITIES, COMPARISONS, SOCIOLOGY
Joachim J. Savelsberg, University of Minnesota, USA

THE URBAN IS POLITICAL: MY JOURNEY FROM THE MIDWESTERN SUBURBS TO THE WORLD’S LARGEST CITIES (AND BACK?)
Diane E. Davis, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA

GOING DIGGING IN THE SHADOW OF MASTER CATEGORIES [available as pdf]
Saskia Sassen, The University of Chicago, USA

Part II — EVOLVING WORKS

SOCIOLOGY — PASSION AND PROFESSION
Richard Münch, Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg, Germany

THE MAKING AND REMAKING OF A SOCIOLOGIST
Ewa Morawska, University of Essex, UK

A SERENDIPITOUS CAREER [available as pdf]
Leon Grunberg, University of Puget Sound, USA

TOWARDS A MORE DEMOCRATIC AND JUST SOCIETY: AN EXPERIENCE OF A SOCIOLOGIST FROM KOREA
Hyun-Chin Lim, Seoul National University, South Korea

BUILDING A RELATIONAL THEORY OF SOCIETY: A SOCIOLOGICAL JOURNEY
Pierpaolo Donati, University of Bologna, Italy

FOR A BETTER QUALITY-OF-LIFE [available as pdf]
Ruut Veenhoven, Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Part III — (TRANS)FORMING SELVES

COMING IN FROM THE COLD: MY ROAD FROM SOCIALISM TO SOCIOLOGY [available as pdf]
Piotr Sztompka, Jagiellonian University, Poland

MY SOCIOLOGICAL PRACTICES AND COMMUTING IDENTITIES
Eiko Ikegami, The New School for Social Research, USA

A JOURNEY INTO SOCIOLOGY [available as pdf]
Horst J. Helle, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, München, Germany

MY EFFORTS TO EXPLORE THE SECRET OF CHINESE DEVELOPMENT
Tiankui Jing, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, China

HAVE SOCIOLOGICAL PASSPORT, WILL TRAVEL [available as pdf]
Edward A. Tiryakian, Duke University, USA



REVIEWS

Published Reviews

The authors in this collection range from Germany, the Netherlands, Korea, China, Italy and Poland to the United Kingdom and the United States... The collection is simply too varied to do justice, in a review, to all these personal accounts.
— Eduardo de la Fuente, Thesis Eleven (2009)

Deflem’s edited volume convenes 17 biographical accounts of renowned sociologistss... Echoing Mills’ idea of the sociological imagination, the current edition of sociologists’ biographical perspectives convincingly demonstrates the intertwining of personal, historical, political and theoretical dimensions and how they unfold in the lives and works of sociologists.
— Elisabeth Simbuerger, European Societies (2008)

Trattandosi di una raccolta di autobiografie, l'attenzione del lettore si concentra immediatamente sulle ragioni di questa soluzione, insieme euristica, metodologica e stilistica, che il curatore giustifica fin dalle primissime pagine introduttive.
— Luca Martignani, Sociologia e Politiche Sociali (2008)

Mathieu Deflem has had the good idea to take up the metaphor of globalisation and travels when looking at sociologists’ lives. This is certainly a good perspective: good sociologists travel nowadays a lot, although sociologists of my generation (born directly after the war) do not often have similar itineraries as those of the previous generation who had to flee from Nazi Germany, for example. Their travels are far more benign, and mainly voluntary...
— J.P. Roos, Acta Sociologica (2008)

Personal biography matters in research, even though it’s only a recent development that more sociologists have begun to give equal billing to their research topics and their personal lives... This unique edited collection features the intellectual development of 16 global scholars selected by editor, Mathieu Deflem... Globalization is etched into the personal lives of contributors who recount poignant struggles to have their work accepted and to find communities of like-minded scholars.
— Rosanna Hertz, Contemporary Sociology (2008)

Whatever their origins, the editor and his contributors should be thanked for allowing us to see who they were, are, and might be, as sociologists in their own local and global settings.
— David Pearson, New Zealand Sociology (2007)

Advance Reviews

Mathieu Deflem has created an exciting, wide reaching, and unusual book. Sociologists write about the need to bring light into the tangles and confusions of societies in turbulent change. In spite of all their adventures in global change, they are most dedicated to the value of sociology: to contribute clear knowledge of society. And this book shows it.
— Burkart Holzner, University of Pittsburgh

Sociology in the period after the second world war produced a distinctive set of of international scholarly careers, resulting in part from the changed role of the United States and the partition between east and west produced by the Cold War. This collection of autobiographies brings together a number of fascinating lives which took advantage of these new possibilities. The contingencies of scholarlship and the ways in which personalities and styles shaped and were shaped by these new circumstances come through clearly. An excellent contribution to our understanding of the personal side of global scholarship in a pivotal time.
— Stephen P. Turner, University of South Florida


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