Intellectuals, Inequalities and Transitions

Brill has published the edited volume on

Intellectuals, Inequalities and Transitions
Prospects for a Critical Sociology

(edited by Tamás Demeter)

This volume is devoted to the central themes in Iván Szelényi’s sociological oeuvre comprising of empirical explorations and their theoretical refinement in the last 50 years. The contributors have been asked to take interpretive and critical stances on his work, and to clarify the relevance of his insights. Iván Szelényi has been asked to write a concluding chapter, and respond to the present reflections on his work. The ensuing volume discusses Szelényi’s captivating scholarship as being grounded in a complex program for the political economy of socialisms and post-socialist capitalisms, and introduces him as a neoclassical sociologist whose research projects continue to investigate inequalities created by the interaction of markets and redistributive structures in various societies.

Table of contents:

Gil Eyal: Futures Present: On the Concepts of “Intellectuals” and “Intelligentsia” in Iván Szelényi’s Oeuvre

Michael D. Kennedy: Normative Frames and Systemic Imperatives: Gouldner, Szelényi and New Class Fracture

Tamás Demeter: New Class Theory as Sociology of Knowledge

Karmo Kroos: How to Become a Dominant or Even Iconic Central and East European Sociologist

Bruce Western: Inequality and Transitions: Human Frailty in a Sample of Prisoners

Dorothee Bohle and Béla Greskovits: Neoclassical Sociology Meets Polanyian Political Economy

Victor Nee: Mechanisms of Institutional Change

Tamás Kolosi: Transitions and Structural Distortions

David Ost: The Ouvrierist Szelényi and the Missing Sociology of Labor

Iván Szelényi: Auto-critical Reflection on Intellectuals, Inequalities and Transitions