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The Art and Science of Sociology

The Art and Science of Sociology

Essays in Honor of Edward A. Tiryakian

Edited by Roland Robertson & John Simpson

A festschrift honoring the work of Edward A. Tiryakian, consisting of a large number of essays.

Hardback, 240 Pages

ISBN:9781783085644

July 2016

£70.00, $115.00

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  • About This Book
  • Reviews
  • Author Information
  • Series
  • Table of Contents

About This Book

The book consists of a volume of essays in honor of the outstanding sociologist, Edward A. Tiryakian; whose work has spanned a considerable number of countries, regions and topics. He has been highly influential, particularly in American and French sociology.

The contributors include such luminaries as Alan Sica, Bryan Turner, George Ritzer, John Simpson, Piotr Sztompka, Hans Joas, Roland Robertson and John Torpey.

The contributions range across the numerous works of Tiryakian. These include his relationship with the great scholar Pitirim Sorokin, his existentialist sociology, metasociology, his contribution to modernization theory, his important work on civilizations, and his mediation between European and American sociology. Other contributions include chapters on global studies, Max Weber, multiple modernities and the axial age and the work of Robert Bellah on human evolution.

Reviews

"Edward Tiryakian is a searching, iconoclastic theorist and empirical interpreter of modernity. He never loses sight of meaning, and his sensitivity to the sacred is profound. The contributions to this Festschrift do honor to a long and extraordinarily creative intellectual career."

—Jeffrey Alexander, Lillian Chavenson Saden Professor of Sociology, Yale
University, USA

"Robertson and Simpson's masterful collection of essays in honor of the eminent sociologist Edward Tiryakian manages to paint a biographically fascinating and intellectually rich portrait of one of the earliest advocates of a truly global and transnational sociology. This book does full justice to the enormous topical range of Tiryakian's academic contributions."

—Manfred B. Steger, Professor of Sociology, University of Hawai'i-Manoa and Honorary Professor of Global Studies, RMIT University (Melbourne)

Author Information

Roland Robertson, one of the world’s leading global sociologists, is largely responsible for the development of global studies, as well as cosmic studies. His particular specialities are religion, culture, and theory.

John Simpson contributed to the theoretical and comparative analysis of the resurgence of religion and ethno-nationalism on a global scale following the Iranian Revolution and the transformation of the Soviet Union in the late twentieth century.

Series

Key Issues in Modern Sociology

Table of Contents

Introduction; 1. The Dynamo and the Diplomat: Tiryakian’s Role in Preserving Sorokin’s Reputation - Alan Sica; 2. Edward Tiryakian and Modernization Theory: A Very Special Relationship - Wolfgang Knöbl; 3. Developmental Path (Entwicklungsform): A Neglected Weberian Concept and its Usefulness in Civilizational Analysis of Islam - Saïd Amir Arjomand; 4. The Existential Sociology of Edward Tiryakian: Toward an Integrated Paradigm - Andrey Melnikov; 5. Comparative Reflections on Sociology and Conservatism: The Contributions of Edward A. Tiryakian - Bryan S. Turner; 6. Contemporary Changes in the Processes of Social Differentiation: Towards an Analytical Version of the Theory - Alfonso Pérez-Agote; 7. Considerations on Global Studies - Roland Robertson; 8. Honoring Edward Tiryakian as a Metasociologist: A Metaconceptual Analysis of Prosumption and Related Concepts - George Ritzer; 9. Dangerous Nouns of Process: Differentiation, Rationalization, Modernization - Hans Joas; 10. Modernization as Social Becoming (Ten Theses on Modernization) - Piotr Sztompka; 11. Religion and Evolution - John Simpson; 12. The “Axial Age” vs. Weber’s Comparative Sociology of the World Religions - John Torpey

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