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The Sociology of Knowledge
The International Library of Critical Writings in Sociology Series No. 12
This authoritative two volume collection presents both the classic articles and the most important recent literature which are essential for an understanding of the sociology of knowledge. Topics covered in Volume I include the intellectual precursors and emergence of the sociology of knowledge; the classical sociology of knowledge; and the sociology of knowledge dispute. Volume II focuses on more contemporary sociologies of knowledge and the future of the debate.
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'Volker Meja and Nico Stehr's end-of-the-millennium selection of 60 articles dealing with the history, contemporary state, and future prospects of the sociology of knowledge presents a reliable reference source not only for those especially interested in this field of sociology, but also for those interested in social conditions of genesis and changes of cognitive content of human everyday, religious, philosophical, artistic, scientific, and other beliefs. Meja and Stehr's collection can be regarded as the most comprehensive indicator of the present state of theory and research in the field of the sociology of knowledge compiled so far.' -- Vera Vratusa, Journal of the History of Behavioral Sciences 'I would like to stress that The Sociology of Knowledge may become a very suitable source of information and understanding not only for teachers, researchers and students in sociology, and the sociology of knowledge in particular. It may also be inspiring for scholars in the history of ideas, social philosophy and political science. I would even claim that it can be useful reading for any social scientist who wants to reflect more closely on how his or her specialised profession works and what may be the role of its actors in a wider social context.' -- Karel Muller, Canadian Journal of Sociology Online