History of the Book, theory-building in sociology

Filipe Carreira da Silva’s project The Politics of the Book, with Mónica Brito Vieira, articulates a pragmatic sociology of ideas. In particular, it explores the canon-formation processes in sociology from the angle of the history of sociological classical books.

Preliminary accounts of this approach were published in 2016 as "Following the Book. Toward a Pragmatic Sociology of the Book", in Sociology, and, with Marta Bucholc, "On the pragmatics of social theory. The case of Elias's 'The Process of Civilisation", in Journal of the History of Behavioral Sciences.

Individual studies include G.H. Mead's Mind, Self, and Society, Alexis de Tocqueville’s Democracy in America, Karl Marx's 1844 Manuscripts, Emile Durkheim's Elementary Forms of Religious Life, W.E.B. Du Bois' The Souls of Black Folk,  and Max Weber’s The Protestant Ethic.

Funded by the Newton Trust and a British Academy/Leverhulme Small Research Grant (SG132730), this book will be published in the Penn State University Press "Series in the History of the Book". You can read more on this book series in here.

           

 

References

  • 2016. On the pragmatics of social theory. The case of Elias's 'The Process of Civilization'. With Marta Bucholc. Journal of the History of Behavioral Sciences. [online]
  • 2015. Following the Book. Toward a Pragmatic Sociology of the Book. Sociology: 1-16. [online]
  • 2011. Books and Canon-Formation in Sociology. The Case of Mind, Self, and Society. Journal of Classical Sociology 11(3): 356-377. With Mónica Brito Vieira. [online]