Sociological Visions brings together a remarkable set of essays written by some of today's most influential figures, including William Julius Wilson, Daniel Bell, Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan, Jeane Bethke Elshtain, Charles Tilly, Robert K. Merton, Vivian Zelizer and many others. Each essay details the authors vision of the social problems and forces that shape our times and how these can be addressed by scientific inquiry or appropriate policy assessment.
Kai Erikson is Professor of Sociology at Yale University, the author of the classics.Everything In Its Path and other widley ready books.
Part 1 Part I. Prologue Chapter 2 Sociology as a Perspective Part 3 Part II. Sociology as Art and Science Chapter 4 Sociology as Science, Humanism, and Art Chapter 5 The Two Faces of Social Science Chapter 6 Disciplined Artfulness and the Human Sciences Chapter 7 History and Sociological Imagining Chapter 8 The Many Enchantments of Money Chapter 9 Sociology and History: Terms of Endearment? Chapter 10 Social Science: An Imperfect Art Part 11 Part III. Sociology and Public Policy Chapter 12 Toward a Broader Vision of Inner-City Poverty Chapter 13 Race, Localism, and Urban Poverty Chapter 14 Inner-City as Place Chapter 15 Social Science and Social Policy: A Case Study of Overreaching Chapter 16 Epilogue: Sociology as a Discipline Chapter 17 Introduction Chapter 18 De-gendering "Man of Science": The Genesis and Epicene Character of the Word Scientist Chapter 19 On the Moral Authority of Science Chapter 20 Strange Relation Chapter 21 A Life of Learning