2 - “What Is a Classic?”

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This article interrogates the idea of a classic, locating its significance in sociology in terms of its understanding in far-ranging fields of human inquiry and exploration, particularly philosophy, art, and literature. It explores the question: Why do “classics” remain important whenever social scientists, novices or veterans, reconsider their discipline’s history and likely future?Alan Sica is a Professor of Sociology at Pennsylvania State University, where he is the Founder and Director of the Social Thought Program. He has served as Editor of Contemporary Sociology and Chair of the American Sociological Association’s Theory Section. He is the recipient of the ASA’s History of Sociology Section’s Distinguished Achievement Award. His books include Weber, Irrationality, and Social Order (1988), What Is Social Theory? The Philosophical Debates (1998), and The Disobedient Generation: Social Theorists in the Sixties (2005).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Cambridge Handbook of Social Theory, Volume I
Subtitle of host publicationA Contested Canon
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages21
ISBN (Electronic)9781316677445
ISBN (Print)9781107162648
StatePublished - Jan 1 2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Social Sciences

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