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`This is a wide-ranging and authoritative analysis of sociology's 'state-of-the-art'. It will set the terms of debate for the next decade' - John Urry, Lancaster University, U.K.`The profession of sociology was blessed by abundance of excellent handbooks. The one edited by Craig Calhoun, Christ Rojek and Bryan Turner was preceded by outstanding sociology handbooks, the most eminent ones by Robert Farris and E Lee published in 1964 and a more recent one by Neil Smelser in1988. The volume by Farris and Lee not only served as an introductory text to the discipline, but contained many innovative papers, which re-oriented social research for years to come. Smelser brought together the best possible and most polished overview of the contributions professional sociology at his time. The Calhoun-Rojek-Turner ...

The Sociology of the University and Higher Education: The Consequences of Globalization
The sociology of the university and higher education: The consequences of globalization

The university can be seen as the paradigmatic institution of the public sphere and of modernity more generally for some of the major transformations in modernity have been reflected in the changing nature of the university. It was central to the emergence of modernity in Europe and America and in the twentieth century it was space that nurtured democracy and citizenship in countries emerging from colonialism. Taking a broader view of knowledge as entailing more than science but also cultural knowledge, the university can be seen as the space where the project of modernity unfolded through cognitive struggles, in particular between science ...

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