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Readings in Humanist Sociology

Social Criticism and Social Change

By Walda Katz-Fishman, George C. Benello

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Format: Hardback, 248 pages
Published In: United States, 01 January 1986
Humanist sociologists are activists rooted in the reality of history and change and guided by a concern for the 'real life' problems of equality, peace, and social justice. They view people as active shapers of social life, capable of creating societies in which everyone's potential can unfold. Alfred McClung Lee introduces this volume with 'Sociology: Humanist and Scientific' and develops the theme that a sociology that is humanist is also scientific. The other nine selections are grouped into four parts: 'The Individual and Social Life;' 'Social Institutions: Technology, Science, and Formal Organization;' 'Political Structures: Issues of Justice and Equality;' and 'Methodological Critiques and Counterproposals.'

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction: Sociology, Humanist and Scientific Chapter 2 Sociology and Choice Chapter 3 The Social Construction of Life-Cycle Crises Chapter 4 Overcoming Cultural Impediments to Human Survival Chapter 5 A Humanistic Perspective on Science and Society Chapter 6 Toward a Grounded Theory of Humanist Organization Chapter 7 Community and Social Justice: Pedagogical Reflections on Justice as Fairness Chapter 8 Inequality Chapter 9 Humanist Issues in Participant Observation Research Chapter 10 The Myth of the Normal Curve: A Theoretical Critique and Examination of its Role in Teaching and Research

About the Author

Walda Katz Fishman is Associate Professor of Sociology at Howard University. She is Editor of Humanity and Society, official journal of the Association for Humanist Sociology, and an officer in the Marxist Sociology Section of the American Sociological Association. Her research interests are in the areas of inequality, the rise of right wing reaction and fascism, and social transformation to a humane and egalitarian society. She is currently working on a book dealing with right wing opposition to women's equality. C. George Benello is Executive Director of the Institute for Corporate Studies, which seeks to develop cooperative start-ups, particularly for people involved in war production. He is Editor of Autrogestia, a French monthly devoted to workplace democracy in Europe, and Changing Work, a publication devoted to changing work life in our generation. He is founder of a worker cooperative which developed the prototype of a three wheeled high mileage vehicle. He is also affiliated with Vermont College.


I was most intrigued by this collection. The contributors are extremely useful for those of us who continue to search for alternatives based on a deep respect for human dignity. Contemporary Sociology

EAN: 9780930390624
ISBN: 0930390628
Publisher: General Hall Inc.,U.S.
Dimensions: 22.3 x 14.4 x 2.2 centimeters (0.45 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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