Eliezer Ben-Rafael, Ph.D. (1974) in Sociology, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, is Weinberg Professor of Political Sociology at the University of Tel-Aviv. His recent works include Jewish identities: Fifty intellectuals answer to Ben-Gurion (Brill, 2002), and Crisis and Tranformation (Brill, 1997); he has edited with Y. Gorny and Y. Ro'I Contemporary Jewries: Convergence and Divergence (Brill, 2003), and with Y. Sternberg Identity, Culture and Globalization (Brill, 2002).
This book focuses on the basic identity dilemmas of contemporary sociology. It should be especially appealing to students, scholars and learned persons who possess an intellectual background in the social sciences.
Table of contents
1. The Social Sciences and the Two Types of Relativism, Ryamond Boudon
2. Sociology, Critique and Modernity: Views Across the European Divide, Johann P. Arnason
3. The Decline of the Social, Alain Touraine
4. Sociology as a Science of Culture: Linguistic Pluralism in Australia and Belarus, Jerzy J. Smolicz and Margaret J. Secombe
5. An Old Theme Revisited: Sociology and Ideology, Micheal Wieviorka
6. Sociology and the Critical Reflexivity of Modernity: Scholarly Practices in Historical and Comparative Context, Bjorn Wittrock
7. Divergent Commitments and Identity Crisis, Eliezer Ben-Rafael and Yitzhak Sternberg
Index of Persons
Index of Subjects