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Sociology Journals and Network Proprieties of the Matthew Effect

by Luca Carbone* Science is a political field. As Bourdieu peremptorily said “the scientific field is the locus of a competitive struggle, in which the specific issue at stake is the monopoly of scientific authority” (1975: 19). Shifting a little the … Continue reading

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C. Wright Mills on Knowledge, Power, and the Moral Duty of the Intellectual

An eminent and brilliant sociologist C. Wright Mills (1916-1962) was deeply concerned with the responsibilities of social scientists in the post-World War II (American) society. Therefore he advocated for engagement of intellectuals in public life in contrast to merely conducting distant observations. … Continue reading

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Probably the best “Acknowledgments” ever (4)

  “This work has been carried out despite the economical difficulties of the authors’ country. The authors want to overall remark the clear contribution of the Spanish Government in destroying the R&D horizon of Spain and the future of a … Continue reading

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On the wandering and exilic being of knowledge seeker

An eminent Saxon scholastic theologian Hugh of Saint-Victor (1096 – 1141) noted in his monumental encyclopedic treatise Didascalion: “All the world is a foreign soil to those who philosophize… It is, therefore, a great source of virtue for the practiced mind to learn, bit by bit, … Continue reading

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Probably the best “Acknowledgments” ever (3)

Erving Goffman, a preeminent sociologist and one the most influential scholars of the post-war social science, was greatly impressed during his graduate studies by the works of the British social anthropologist A. R. Radcliffe-Brown. Two decades later, Goffman — known for his witty … Continue reading

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The Virtue of Having Nothing to Say

Gilles Deleuze: “The problem is no longer getting people to express themselves, but providing little gaps of solitude and silence in which they might eventually find something to say. Repressive forces don’t stop people from expressing themselves, but rather force them to … Continue reading

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Academic conferences — a true story ;-)

😉 See more memories of these unique intellectual fetes here and here 🙂   *** Join the Economic Sociology and Political Economy community via Facebook / Twitter / LinkedIn / Google+ / Instagram / Tumblr

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A Demonstration of the Causal Power of Absences

Professor of philosophy Tyron Goldschmidt recently published a compelling paper “A Demonstration of the Causal Power of Absences“. Take a look and mull over: 🙂 *** Join the Economic Sociology and Political Economy community via Facebook / Twitter / LinkedIn / Google+ / Instagram / Tumblr  

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Theodor Adorno on the division between economics and sociology

In May-July 1968, Theodor W. Adorno, an eminent philosopher, sociologist and one of the founders of the Frankfurt School of Critical Theory, gave his last lecture series which were published in 2000 as Introduction to Sociology. In these accessible and lucid … Continue reading

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Probably the best “Acknowledgments” ever (2)

That’s real and so truthful 🙂 and the fact that this “Acknowledgments” written by Talcott Parsons‘ grandson –  Jotham Parsons, makes this even more amusing… “This enumeration of my indebtedness, together with much else that I have doubtless omitted, is more … Continue reading

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