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NONTHEMATIC / Vol. 36, No. 1 (Spring 1969)

Table of Contents

 

Hans Neisser

In Memoriam: Gerhard Colm 1897-1968 

Gerhard Colm was a professional economist. He soon became a statistician--not in the modern mathematical sense, filling British and American textbooks- but in a sense, which, in the present writer’s opinion, is more important: he displayed an almost uncanny ability, at least during the Washington period, of estimating statistically the current state of the economy.

                                       

Benjamin Nelson

Conscience and the Making of Early Modern Cultures: The Protestant Ethic Beyond Max Weber

Sociologists and historians have too long been ill-served by partisan wrangles over Weber’s views on the relations between the “Protestant Ethic” and the “Spirit of Capitalism.” Weber himself is not entirely free of blame for the confusion. The evidence indicates that from the start of his work he allowed himself to be trapped in an ambiguity from which he never quite extricated himself.

 

Michael Mulkay                  

Some Aspects of Cultural Growth in the Natural Sciences

Current sociological analysis of the processes involved in scientific development is couched predominantly in functionalist terms and derives primarily from the work of Robert Merton. Although Merton’s approach has come to be adopted by sociologists almost without question it has very tenuous empirical foundation and involves considerable theoretical difficulties.

 

Murray Greene

Emile, Sophy, and Nietzsche's Prophetic Madman

“The principle of modern subjectivity” groups together certain leading modern philosophical thinkers from Descartes through Hegel, though the paper’s focus is on Rousseau as in certain ways peculiarly representative of the subjective thinking.

 

T. J. Fararo

The Nature of Mathematical Sociology: A Non-technical Essay

The aim of this paper is to help the general sociological reader to understand an important development currently taking place in the field; namely, the rise of mathematical sociology. Above all, the reader, who, however skeptical in his initial stance toward a mathematical treatment of sociological problems, takes the time to study the author’s remarks with an unprejudiced eye, should come to comprehend and agree with the central thesis of the paper.

 

Tetsuya Kataoka         

Political Theory of the Great Leap Forward

China is at present going through an internal purge and ideological struggle which is unprecedented in the annals of modern totalitarianism, both in scope and character. It will be some time before the outside world can piece together the whole story, let alone assess its significance. It is possible, however, to make certain broad statements about the origins of the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution.

 

Adele M. Fiske

The International Scene: Current Trends in the Social Sciences:  Religion and Buddhism Among India's New Buddhists

Since 1956 an estimated three and a half million of the former Untouchable Castes in India have become Buddhists. Their leader, Dr. B. R. Ambedkar, publicly adopted Buddhism at a Diksha ceremony in Nagpur shortly before his death. Millions have followed him in this choice. The conversion movement has often been labeled “pure expediency,” “a political fient” of the leader, a maneuver to strengthen the scheduled Castes’ of collective bargaining power, a calculated and cynical attempt to rise in the social scale. Can it in any sense be called a true religious conversion, in spite of these harsh judgements?

 

Hans Peter Dreitzel

Prozesse der Machtbildung Reihe "Recht und Staat," Heft 362/363

Review of book by Heinrich PopitzTubingen: C. B. Mohr (Paul Siebeck), 1968. 42 pp.

 

Lawrence Krader

Der Kulturelle Relativismus: Kritische Analyse einer Grundsatzfragen-Diskussion in der Amerikanischen Ethnologie

Review of book by Wolfgang Rudolph. Berlin: Duncker & Humboldt, 1968. 291 pp.

 

Rolf Meyersohn

Improvised News: A Sociological Study of Rumor

Review of book by Tamotsu Shibutani. Indianapolis: The Bobbs-Merrill Company, Inc., 1966. 262 pp.

 

Stephen K. Levine

The Necessity of Art

Review of book by Ernst Fischer. Baltimore: Penguin Books, 1964. 225 pp.                                 

 

Ernst Mol

Das Verhaltnis Zwischen Westdeutschen und Fluchtlingen (The Relation Between West Germans and Refugees)

Review of book by Klaus Hinst. Bern: Hans Huber Verlag, 1968. 149 pages.

 

Guy F. Erb

L'Integration Economique de l' Amerique Latine

Review of book by Gonzalo Cevallos. Geneva: Librairie Droz, 1968. 270 pp.

 

Barry Bernard Levine

La estabilidad del latifundismo: Analisis de la interdependencia entre relacciones de produccion y conciencia social en la agricultura latifundista de la Campina de Cordoba

Paris: Ediciones Ruedo Iberico. 1968. 419 pp.  

 

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