While Mannheim and Horkheimer's contest looms large in retrospect, Mannheim's most active contemporary competitors were in fact other academic sociologists, notably the proto-fascist Leipzig professor, Hans Freyer , and the proponent of formal sociology and leading figure in the profession, Leopold von Wiese.
Mannheim's theory on the sociology of knowledge is based on some of the epistemological discoveries of Immanuel Kant. Sociology of knowledge is known as a section of the greater field known as the sociology of culture. The idea of sociology of culture is defined as the relationship between culture and society. There are two main branches of sociology of culture: a moderate branch and a radical branch. The moderate branch is represented by Max Scheler , who believed that social conditions do not affect the content of knowledge.
The radical branch, on the contrary, highlighted that society is determined by all aspects of culture. When it came to the sociology of knowledge, Mannheim believed that it established a dependence of knowledge on social reality. Mannheim's central question of the sociology of knowledge, which tried to understand the relationship between society and knowledge, demonstrated his endeavors to solve the issue of "historical nature and unity of mind and life.
Knowing the difference between these two types of interpretations helped Mannheim create a place for the sociology of knowledge in the scientific system, thus leaving the sociology of knowledge to stand opposite of the traditional human sciences and to interpret knowledge through an exploration of social reality. In , a series of his essays were published in Germany under the name Essays in Sociology of Knowledge.
These essays focused on the search for the meaning behind social reality, the notion of "truth" and the role of the empirical intellectual in search for these truths. According to Mannheim ideology was linked to a notion of reality, meanwhile culture focuses more so on the mind of the individual and how it perceives that reality, both, however, "still concerned with the role of the intelligentsia.
Mannheim is most well-known for his study and analysis of ideologies and utopias . One of his main ideas regarding utopias is what he considers the "utopian mentality", which Mannheim describes in four ideals types:. In Ideology and Utopia, he argued that the application of the term ideology ought to be broadened. He traced the history of the term from what he called a "particular" view. This view saw ideology as the perhaps deliberate obscuring of facts.
This view gave way to a "total" conception most notably in Marx , which argued that a whole social group's thought was formed by its social position e. However, he called for a further step, which he called a general total conception of ideology, in which it was recognized that everyone's beliefs—including the social scientist's—were a product of the context they were created in. Thus, to Mannheim, "ideas were products of their times and of the social statuses of their proponents. Mannheim points out social class, location and generation as the greatest determinants of knowledge.
To uphold the distinction, he maintained that the recognition of different perspectives according to differences in time and social location appears arbitrary only to an abstract and disembodied theory of knowledge. Out of all of his works, Mannheim's book Ideologie und Utopie was the most widely debated book by a living sociologist in Germany during the Weimar Republic.
It was first published in German in , with the English publication, Ideology and Utopia, following in . This work has been a standard in American-style international academic sociology, carried by the interest it aroused in the United States. Mannheim and Macro-sociology.
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Mannheim's work was written mostly through a macrosociological lens. While writing Ideology and Utopia Mannheim's fundamental questions was "why does man behave different in the framework of different social group and class structure. Therefore, assuring that not one ideology dictate all of the public is vital for the preservation of democracy. In his British phase Mannheim attempted a comprehensive analysis of the structure of modern society by way of democratic social planning and education. Mannheim's first major work published during this period was Man and Society in an Age of Reconstruction , in which he argues for a shift from the liberal order of laissez-faire capitalism, "founded on the unregulated trade cycle, unextended democracy, free competition and ideas of competitive individualism" to planned democracy.
In Diagnosis of Our Time , Mannheim expands on this argument and expresses concern for the transition from liberal order to planned democracy, according to Longhurst, arguing " His books on planning nevertheless played an important part in the political debates of the immediate post-war years, both in the United States and in several European countries. Mannheim was not the author of any work he himself considered a finished book, but rather of some fifty major essays and treatises, most later published in book form.
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Sociology of culture sociology of knowledge ideology. Pennsylvania State University. Social Forces. Wer war wer in der DDR? No single book covers all the topics in this course, but the following titles are available in paperback editions and will be relevant to at least some parts of the course:.
Ian Craib Modern Social Theory. London: Harvester Wheatsheaf. London: Macmillan, 2nd ed. London: Ellis Horwood, Bryan Turner ed. We will discuss what makes a classic text a classic text, and whether sociology, which claims to have its finger on the pulse of current social problems, should be dependent upon its classic texts in the way in which Philosophy or English Literature are often thought to be.
Baehr, Founders, classics, canons : modern disputes over the origins and appraisal of sociology's heritage New Brunswick , N. Partisan Review Vol. Weinstein and M. Weinstein Postmodernized Simmel, London : Routledge, The first analytical problem, and one which will recur throughout the course, is that of the contribution which sociological theory can make to the way in which we talk about and see the social world. The notorious abstruseness of theory is seen by some as its greatest weakness, by others as a way of enabling us to get behind the appearance of everyday reality.
We can call this simply the problem of description. We will address it through one famous sociological text and two literary versions of it. Press, , ch. Simmel, G. Durkheim, E. Wolff ed. Emile Durkheim on Sociology and Philosophy,  Scaff, L. Tenbruck, F. Weingartner, R. Every society has a way of classifying and categorising natural and social phenomena, and the ways of classifying vary enormously. Professional sociologists, too, construct classifications of the social world for the purpose of social inquiry. We may also say that there is a relationship in any society between the private classifications that individuals make for themselves and public classifications through which a society may be said to be held together.
For Durkheim the simplest such classification was the distinction between sacred and profane phenomena. Cambridge, Mass. Heritage and M. Atkinson eds Structures of Social Action. Berger and T. Geoffrey C. Parsons and classificatory reason. If classification is a routine feature of everyday life, it is also a resource for sociology. He made two major moves: first, he developed the schema of pattern variables , based on the idea that social life is structured according to the way in which orient ourselves to each other; second, in his later period, he developed the idea of society as a system of interacting subsystems.
Parsons Politics and Social Structure, chaps 6, 8 [more approachable examples of Parsons' work]. Wrong 'The oversocialised conception of man in modern sociology', American Sociological Review 26, If a stable classification system gives us a stable social world, then a sociology which is little more than an exercise in classification is a conservative enterprise. Such was the message of the most influential body of social theory which emerged in post war Germany, that associated with the Frankfurt School of Social Research, established in the twenties and forced into exile in According to them, any sociology of contemporary capitalism must recognise the fragmentation, disorder and lack of cohesion it brings about, and do justice to this in its mode of theorising.
Honneth, A. Rose, G. Press, The Limits of dialectical sociology: ideology , culture and belief. But beyond the question of whether belief is conservative or oppositional lies the more neutral study of the means by which a society reproduces itself. Here we focus on one attempt to make sense of this process: the concept of ideology. Mannheim, K. Habermas, J. Outhwaite ed. VI, sec.
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Next term we will compare these accounts with those of Michel Foucault and Norbert Elias. Giddens, A. Weber, M. Adler, Wheeling and Dealing,. Craib Strauss Strauss, The Discovery of Grounded Theory,. Hewitt Self and Society. Joas Lofland, Protest. Meltzer, J. Reynolds Symbolic Interactionism.
Genesis, Varieties and Criticism, [strong on types of interactionism and criticisms].
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Carrithers et al, , The Category of the Person, C. Plummer ed Symbolic Interactionism, [criticism of the notion of self in interactionism plus methodological problems]. Manning Erving Goffman and Modern Sociology, chap 8 [implications of Goffman's work for sociological theory]. Negotiations, chap 1, pp. Emmett, D. Rules, Roles and Relations. London: Macmillan.
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Freud, S. History of the Human Sciences Vol 13, No. February Special Issue on Winch also available online. Hollis, M. Rationality and Relativism. Oxford: Blackwell. MacIntyre, A. Oakeshott, Liberty Press. Outhwaite, W. Understanding Social Life. London: Routledge. Taylor, C. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.