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The Anthem Companion to Karl Mannheim

Edited by Volker Meja and David Kettler

An international collection of original articles Karl Mannheim documenting the current revitalization of the reception of this classical sociologist.

Imprint: Anthem Press
ISBN 9781783084807
December 2017 | 250 Pages | 229 x 152mm / 9 x 6
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About This Book

The Hungarian-born Karl Mannheim became recognized as a path-breaking sociologist in Germany when he published “Ideologie und Utopie” (1929) and in the English-speaking world upon publication of Ideology and Utopia (1936), a book in which he explored the possibilities of an approach to political thought by way of “sociology of knowledge.” The American reception of the work was strongly conditioned by the contemporary rejection of older moralistic modes of social thought, so that issues of method and epistemology were at the center of discussion. Eighty years later, and viewed from varied substance-rich perspectives worldwide, the many facets of Mannheim’s original work are examined in their bearing on many other questions in political theory, cultural studies and social analysis. “The Anthem Companion to Karl Mannheim” brings together current work originating in Britain, Canada, Germany, Japan, Sweden and the United States.

Readership: Advanced students and scholars in sociology, and general readers.

Author Information

David Kettler is research professor at Bard College, US, and professor emeritus at Trent University, Canada. His publications include five coauthored books on Karl Mannheim. Volker Meja is professor emeritus at Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Karl Mannheim in the 21st Century (David Kettler and Volker Meja); 1: Mannheim’s Early Philosophical Writings (Christopher Adair-Toteff); 2: Sociology of Knowledge and Moral Philosophy: The Place of Traditional Problems in the Formation of Mannheim’s Thought (David Kettler); 3: The Critical Reception of Mannheim’s Sociology of Knowledge in Germany and the United States, 1928–1950 (Henrik Lundberg); 4: Karl Mannheim’s Sociology of Self-Reflexivity (Amalia Barboza); 5: The Melodrama of Modernity in Karl Mannheim’s Political Theory (Hartmut Behr); 6: Praxeological Sociology and Documentary Method: Karl Mannheim’s Framing of Empirical Research (Ralf Bohnsack); 7: Mannheim and the Realism Debate in Political Theory (Peter Breiner); 8: Karl Mannheim, Hannah Arendt and the Politics of Conduct (Philip Walsh); 9: Mannheim, Mass Society and Democratic Theory (Ryusaku Yamada); 10: Karl Mannheim and the Rise of Women (Volker Meja and David Kettler); Index.

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