This latest edition to the ISA handbook series actively engages with the many traditions of sociology in the world. Twenty-nine chapters from prominent international contributors discuss, challenge and re-conceptualize the global discipline of sociology; evaluating the diversities within and between sociological traditions of many regions and nation-states. They assess all aspects of the discipline: ideas and theories; scholars and scholarship; practices and traditions; ruptures and continuities through an international perspective. Its goal is to become a text for debating the contours of international sociology.

Sociology in the Spiral of Holism and Individualism1
Sociology in the spiral of holism and individualism

The most visible trait of the French collective experience of sociology is a creative tension between the themes of holism and individualism. These are spirals of two conflicting but merging sociological galaxies.2 Though this uninterrupted debate cannot exhaust the diversity in the French tradition, such a conflictive pattern ...

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