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The New Middle Classes - Social, Psychological, and Political Issues (Hardcover, New): Arthur J. Vidich The New Middle Classes - Social, Psychological, and Political Issues (Hardcover, New)
Arthur J. Vidich
R2,122 Discovery Miles 21 220 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

In America's much-touted classless society, the middle class--decried by some as a mythical construct and heralded by others as the embodiment of the American dream--has always occupied a central and controversial position. This book explores the origins of the new middle classes that emerged in the 20th century, revealing the relationship of these classes to capitalism, bureaucracy, and politics. The book is divided into four parts, addressing: the theoretical problems and historical changes brought on by the emergence of the new middle classes; status and the psychology of class; the middle class in America; and the lifestyles and political orientations of the middle classes in the United States.

The New Middle Classes - Social, Psychological, and Political Issues (Paperback): Arthur J. Vidich The New Middle Classes - Social, Psychological, and Political Issues (Paperback)
Arthur J. Vidich
R683 Discovery Miles 6 830 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

In America's much-touted classless society, the middle class--decried by some as a mythical construct and heralded by others as the embodiment of the American dream--has always occupied a central and controversial position. This book explores the origins of the new middle classes that emerged in the 20th century, revealing the relationship of these classes to capitalism, bureaucracy, and politics. The book is divided into four parts, addressing: the theoretical problems and historical changes brought on by the emergence of the new middle classes; status and the psychology of class; the middle class in America; and the lifestyles and political orientations of the middle classes in the United States.

The New Middle Classes - Life-Styles, Status Claims and Political Orientations (Paperback): Arthur J. Vidich The New Middle Classes - Life-Styles, Status Claims and Political Orientations (Paperback)
Arthur J. Vidich
R1,307 Discovery Miles 13 070 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

This volume is designed first to provide a theoretical orientation and historical perspective on the rise of the middle classes in modern civilization, and second, to portray the social and political roles these classes have played and continue to play in the United States over the past century, with particular reference to the American class structure and political economy. Our method is necessarily both historical and sociological and offers an orientation for understanding contemporary American society. The essays included here were written between 1926 and 1982: they reveal both the genealogical development of sociological thought about the middle classes and the substantive content of these classes' life styles, status claims and political orientations. The present work stresses empirical studies and puts forth neither a theoretical interpretation nor a conceptual taxonomy; rather it delineates the emergence and the social and political significance of the new middle classes in relation to the classes, above and below, that preceded them.

Max Weber's Sociology of Intellectuals (Paperback, Revised): Ahmad Sadri Max Weber's Sociology of Intellectuals (Paperback, Revised)
Ahmad Sadri; Foreword by Arthur J. Vidich
R1,717 Discovery Miles 17 170 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The social role of intellectuals was a pervasive motif in Weber's thought, particularly in his works on religion and politics. Comprehensively examining and extending Weber's work on the subject. Sadri offers a new perspective on the intelligentsia and their role in society. He also provides a synthetic typology of intellectuals spanning both Eastern and Western traditions. Culling Weber's observations from a broad and varied range of primary sources, Sadri lays a theoretical foundation for a Weberian sociology of intellectuals, providing a valuable resource for scholars interested in the reflections of this great thinker.

Intellectuals in Exile - Refugee Scholars and the New School for Social Research (Paperback): Claus-Dieter Krohn Intellectuals in Exile - Refugee Scholars and the New School for Social Research (Paperback)
Claus-Dieter Krohn; Foreword by Arthur J. Vidich; Translated by Rita Kimber, Robert Kimber
R736 R542 Discovery Miles 5 420 Save R194 (26%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In the 1930s, with the rise of fascism, European intellectuals sought refuge in the United States. Many came to be affiliated with the University in Exile. This book presents the intellectual history of that group, documenting their experiences and influence on European and American thought.

Politics, Character, and Culture - Perspectives from Hans Gerth (Hardcover): Marilyn Bensman, Nobuko Gerth, Arthur J. Vidich Politics, Character, and Culture - Perspectives from Hans Gerth (Hardcover)
Marilyn Bensman, Nobuko Gerth, Arthur J. Vidich
R1,998 Discovery Miles 19 980 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
With a Critical Eye - An Intellectual and His Times (Paperback): Arthur J. Vidich With a Critical Eye - An Intellectual and His Times (Paperback)
Arthur J. Vidich; Edited by Robert Jackall
R651 Discovery Miles 6 510 Out of stock

Internationally renowned sociologist, Arthur J. Vidich (1922-2006), was an active researcher and teacher whose career spanned the second half of the twentieth century. With a Critical Eye: An Intellectual and His Times recounts Vidich's career in the wider cultural context of his life and work. Providing a window into post-World War II intellectual life, the richness of the autobiography lies not only in Vidich's perspectives on the academic world, but also in his personal and sociological observations about the world around him.
Best known for his book, Small Town in Mass Society (co-authored with Joseph Bensman, 1958), Vidich taught for more than forty years at the New School for Social Research in New York. He published eighteen books, co-edited a book series with Robert Jackall, and was the founding editor of the International Journal of Politics, Culture, and Society.

Small Town in Mass Society - Class, Power, and Religion in a Rural Community (rev. ed.) (Paperback, Revised edition): Arthur J.... Small Town in Mass Society - Class, Power, and Religion in a Rural Community (rev. ed.) (Paperback, Revised edition)
Arthur J. Vidich, Joseph Bensman
R610 R573 Discovery Miles 5 730 Save R37 (6%) Out of stock

First published in 1958, Small Town in Mass Society set community studies on a new course by placing the small town within the framework of large-scale, bureaucratic mass society. Drawing attention to the dynamics of class and ethnicity in relation to economics and politics, this landmark work was among the first to document the consequences of centralized administration on life in American communities.

Through a close study of "Springdale, New York", Arthur J. Vidich and Joseph Bensman depict the small town as continuously and increasingly drawn into the central institutions and processes of the total society. Vidich and Bensman based their conclusions on extensive interviews with and close observation of the inhabitants of one community. The original publication of the book caused a sharp response among the town's citizens who felt their trust had been violated and their town misrepresented.

The present volume includes the editorials and correspondence evoked by that controversy, the authors' articles describing their methodology, a new foreword by Michael W. Hughey, and a new afterword in which Arthur J. Vidich gives an account of the creation and history of the book.

Selected Works of Herbert Blumer - A PUBLIC PHILOSOPHY FOR MASS SOCIETY (Paperback, New Ed): Herbert Blumer, Stanford M. Lyman,... Selected Works of Herbert Blumer - A PUBLIC PHILOSOPHY FOR MASS SOCIETY (Paperback, New Ed)
Herbert Blumer, Stanford M. Lyman, Arthur J. Vidich
R742 R687 Discovery Miles 6 870 Save R55 (7%) Out of stock

The civic sociology of Herbert Blumer speaks to the fundamental problem of modernity: how freedom and equity can be ensured when institutional and personal relations are threatened by disparate groups and factions -- in short, by difference.

Balancing essays on Herbert Blumer with Blumer's own writings on race relations, labor and management conflict, urbanization, and popular culture, this volume -- originally published as Social Order and the Public Philosophy -- establishes Blumer's thought as a basis for a public policy that remains faithful to the essential character of human life in a permanently pluralized and segmented society.

Stanford M. Lyman and Arthur J. Vidich situate Blumer's ideas in the context of earlier public philosophers, such as William Graham Sumner, Herbert Croly, and Walter Lippmann. They consider the implications of Blumer's works for America's most pressing social issues and propose a sophisticated civic sociology of their own based on his studies and methods. Their new afterword affirms the rich harvest Blumer's philosophy continues to yield for postmodern society.

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