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Sociology and Empire: The Imperial Entanglements of a Discipline (2013)


The revelation that the U.S. Department of Defense had hired anthropologists for its Human Terrain System project—assisting its operations in Afghanistan and Iraq—caused an uproar that has obscured the participation of sociologists in similar Pentagon-funded projects. As the contributors to Sociology and Empire show, such affiliations are not new. Sociologists have been active as advisers, theorists, and analysts of Western imperialism for more than a century.The collection has a threefold agenda: to trace an intellectual history of sociology as it pertains to empire; to offer empirical studies based around colonies and empires, both past and present; and to provide a theoretical basis for future sociological analyses that may take empire more fully into account. In the 1940s, the British Colonial Office began employing sociologists in its African colonies. In Nazi Germany, sociologists played a leading role in organizing the occupation of Eastern Europe. In the United States, sociology contributed to modernization theory, which served as an informal blueprint for the postwar American empire. This comprehensive anthology critiques sociology's disciplinary engagement with colonialism in varied settings while also highlighting the lasting contributions that sociologists have made to the theory and history of imperialism.Contributors. Albert Bergesen, Ou-Byung Chae, Andy Clarno, Raewyn Connell, Ilya Gerasimov, Julian Go, Daniel Goh, Chandan Gowda, Krishan Kumar, Fuyuki Kurasawa, Michael Mann, Marina Mogilner, Besnik Pula, Anne Raffin, Emmanuelle Saada, Marco Santoro, Kim Scheppele, George Steinmetz, Alexander Semyonov, Andrew Zimmerman

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Review Theodora Dryer (2015) Review of "Sociology and Empire: The Imperial Entanglements of a Discipline". Isis: International Review Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences (pp. 948-949). unapi

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Authors & Contributors
Romano, Mary Ann
Larsson, Anna
Wisselgren, Per
Kivisto, Peter
Roussillon, Alain
Reynaud Paligot, Carole
Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences
Revue d'Histoire des Sciences Humaines
History of the Human Sciences
British Journal for the History of Science
Annals of Science: The History of Science and Technology
Social Studies of Science
Edwin Mellen Press
Presses Universitaires de France
Transaction Publishers
University of Chicago Press
Colegio de México, Centro de Estudios Lingüísticos y Literarios
University of Minnesota
Science and politics
Science and race
Addams, Jane
Martineau, Harriet
Du Bois, William Edward B.
Sorokin, Pitirim Aleksandrovich
Park, Robert Ezra
Germani, Gino
United States
20th century
19th century
20th century, early
21st century
American Sociological Association
National Science Foundation (U.S.)

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