The monograph presents a scientific, sociological, bibliometric and semiotic analysis of the status of classics in the social sciences of the 20th century such as economics, sociology, psychology and history. The synthesis of these approaches allows the authors to explore a wide range of problems connected with the study and use of the classical heritage. The book examines in detail the changes of the classics and its substantive characteristics; transformation of its body in connection with the growth of scientific knowledge and the rapid increase in the number of separate sub-disciplines, research areas and fields, the role and functions of the classics in the research process and the higher education.
According to the authors’ concept, although “classics” lose their status of superiority over the modernity, it instead acquires the status of “foundation” of the present and in fact becomes part of “modernity” in the broadest sense, and remains in demand, just like late scientific ideas, concepts and theories.
This book is intended for a wide range of readers — economists, political scientists, historians,
Introductory article on the life and work of the French sociologist Emile Durkheim (1858-1917).
The paper reflects upon the relevance of Weber's sociology in the 21st century. In the first part importance of his sociology is explained by referring to the idea of a state that is now returning back into the political and social realm. The second part overviews the contributions to the special issue dedicated to the intellectual legacy of Max Weber.
The article discusses the prospects of joint research of sociologists and socio-biologists on the evolution of morality and altruism. Sociologists compare morality and altruism in human society with that in animals behavior can be seen as manifestations of empathy and althruim and of co-existence rules in groups of animals of each biological species. The authors present the current understanding of the evolutionary prehistory of human social behavior. A significant challenge for cooperation activities of sociologists and sociobiologists is the rapid progress of the natural sciences. Discoveries and findings in biology and biologists models often lead to simplistic conclusions, and at the same time the works of sociologists, in which they try to use these innovations, often turns untenable. It is therefore necessary to continue the search for the directions and mechanisms of integration of sociological and sociobiological approaches to such complex phenomena as morality and altruism.
This publication is intended for a wide audience, especially historians, political scientists, cultural scientists, anthropologists, sociologists and journalists.
Analysis of posthumously published lecture course by Emile Durkheim "Moral Education" (1925).
Several approaches to the concept of fatherhood present in Western sociological tradition are analyzed and compared: biological determinism, social constructivism and biosocial theory. The problematics of fatherhood and men’s parental practices is marginalized in modern Russian social research devoted to family and this fact makes the traditional inequality in family relations, when the father’s role is considered secondary compared to that of mother, even stronger. However, in Western critical men’s studies several stages can be outlined: the development of “sex roles” paradigm (biological determinism), the emergence of the hegemonic masculinity concept, inter-disciplinary stage (biosocial theory). According to the approach of biological determinism, the role of a father is that of the patriarch, he continues the family line and serves as a model for his ascendants. Social constructivism looks into man’s functions in the family from the point of view of masculine pressure and establishing hegemony over a woman and children. Biosocial theory aims to unite the biological determinacy of fatherhood with social, cultural and personal context. It is shown that these approaches are directly connected with the level of the society development, marriage and family perceptions, the level of egality of gender order.