The article analyses the interconnection between life path trajectories and scientific biography of the Russian-born American sociologist Pitirim A. Sorokin (1889-1968). Drawing on the example of two Sorokin’s theories - the theory of social mobility and the theory of creative altruism - the author demonstrates how Sorokin’s background influenced their meaning and shows how Sorokin reflected on his life journey, based on these theories.
Given the growing dissatisfaction of international academic communities within the social and humanistic sciences, with their rigid and counter-productive self-referential practices of intra-disciplinary communication, the integrative and cross-disciplinary attempt by Mangone is eminently relevant. For sociologists elaborating on Pitirim Sorokin’s ideas, it may seem questionable that his vast intellectual heritage can serve as a proper foundation for promoting the arguably “new science” of Cultural Psychology. However, instead of using a single disciplinary perspective (sociology or cultural psychology), Mangone succeeds in persuading the reader to look at Sorokin from different angles—that of the dialogue between different disciplines as sociology and cultural psychology.