Sociology Transformed

Sociology in Belgium

A Sociological History

Authors: Dusi, Davide, Louckx, Kaat

  • Deploys historical-sociological analyses to shed light on the ways in which complex social structures define the kinds of sociological knowledge that are valued
  • Considers the factors that differentiate the history of sociology in Belgium from other national histories
  • Traces broader patterns which demonstrate what this history owes to transnational exchanges and developments
  • Aims to internationalize the history of sociology in Belgium
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This book provides a historical-sociological analysis of the history of sociology in Belgium from the late-nineteenth until the early-twenty-first century. It sheds new light on the social structures that shaped and shape the orientations and work of sociologists in Belgium. The impact of three structural factors is discussed in more detail: religion, language and publication imperatives. Starting from analyses of these structural factors, this book presents a detailed analysis of the genesis and institutionalization of different sociologies in Belgium. It sheds light on the kinds of sociological knowledge that are or are not valued in Belgium. This book constitutes an important contribution to the sociological history of sociology and the development of a reflective historical sociology, and will appeal to students and scholars of social theory, as well as readers interested in the history of Contemporary Belgium.

About the authors

Raf Vanderstraeten is Professor and Director of the Center for Social Theory at Ghent University, Belgium. He is also affiliated with the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies, Finland, and the Department of Sociology of the University of Chicago, USA.
Kaat Louckx is Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Sociology and the Morris Fishbein Center for the History of Science and Medicine, both at the University of Chicago, USA. She is also Postdoctoral Researcher in the Center for Social Theory at Ghent University, Belgium.


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“What has sociology been like in a small but profoundly divided nation? In their concise analysis of the Belgian case Raf Vanderstraeten and Kaat Louckx depict how this particular national tradition has been entangled in a changing international environment. From its privileged relationship to France and the Netherlands, it developed a more Anglo-American orientation, while retaining some of its most salient ties to national institutions. This is a vivid, sociological portrayal of its entire history, from Quetelet to the present.” (Johan Heilbron, author of The Rise of Social Theory and French Sociology)

“Belgium is a small country with a chequered history but, rather than treating it as no more than that, may be influenced by local historical circumstances. Those include changing political borders as well as divisions of language and religion, and the complex outcomes of their interactions. The special attention given to the system of publications further enriches the descriptive background. The strategy challenges accounts lacking in comparable range and detail, and avoids both methodological and theoretical nationalisms. This looks like a way forward for work on the history of sociology.” (Jennifer Platt, Emeritus Professor of Sociology, University of Sussex)

Buy this book

eBook $39.99
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-137-55663-9
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $54.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-1-137-55662-2
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Sociology in Belgium
Book Subtitle
A Sociological History
Authors
Series Title
Sociology Transformed
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-55663-9
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-55663-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-55662-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 133
Number of Illustrations and Tables
7 b/w illustrations
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