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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 ...

Comparative Sociology: Some Paradigms and their Moments
Comparative sociology: Some paradigms and their moments

In the not-so-distant past, comparative sociology was considerably more central in the general field of sociology than it is today. The present discussion will review several periods of its more ample prosperity, suggest reasons for the decline and indicate briefly possible future trends. While it appears unlikely that comparative sociology will be restored to the privileged place it held in the past, it remains important not only because of the pivotal role it played in shaping general sociological inquiry, but because to a considerable extent sociology today continues to rework earlier themes. That said, these remarks are not intended as a catalog or survey of comparative research nor a who's who' of ...

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