Ralf Dahrendorf

Between Social Theory and Political Practice

Authors: Kühne, Olaf, Leonardi, Laura

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  • Analyses the relevance of Dahrendorf's professional life outside of academia as a journalist, scientist, politician, science manager, publicist, to his often original ideas
  • Outlines the topicality of Dahrendorf's theories, especially in terms of his avoidance of a left-right political focus
  • Excellently and thoughtfully structured, with a balance between analysis of Dahrendorf's life and works 
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Ralf Dahrendorf (1929 to 2009) has worked in sociology, political practice and political philosophy, and is associated with significant impulses in role theory and conflict theory. This book presents the first synthesis of his extensive oeuvre in English.

Dahrendorf's political commitment was driven largely by his desire to maximize life chances, thus contributing to the further development of liberalism. In the tradition of Karl Popper, his work in all areas was aimed at defending the open society, and he saw conflicts, if they were settled, as being suitable in principle for contributing to social progress. This book provides insights into the various methodological and theoretical aspects and critiques of Ralf Dahrendorf's work, as well as his reflections on the position of sociology in the system of sciences and in relation to political practice. The current crisis of liberal politics has made Dahrendorf’s work more relevant than ever, and this overview will be of great interest to students and researchers across sociology, political science, political ideologies and European integration.


About the authors

Olaf Kühne is Professor of Urban and Regional Development at the Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen, Germany.

Laura Leonardi is Professor of Sociology at the University of Florence, Italy.


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“Perhaps because he was prominent as politician, administrator and public intellectual, there has been a tendency to under-estimate Ralf Dahrendorf’s contribution to sociological theory and analysis. This excellent study of his life and work – discerning, critical, and thoroughly researched – rectifies this error, and establishes Dahrendorf’s claim to be taken seriously as a leading figure of late 20th century social science.” —Colin Crouch, Emeritus Professor, University of Warwick, UK

 

“The current crisis of liberal politics has made Dahrendorf’s work more relevant than ever, and this book shows why. Kühne and Leonardi guide us perceptively through Dahrendorf’s thoughts on freedom, democracy, capitalism, society and conflict. The analysis is timely and enlightening. This book is highly recommended to students of sociology, political science, political ideologies and European integration.” —Jan Zielonka, Professor, University of Venice, Italy, and University of Oxford, UK

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Table of contents (11 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Ralf Dahrendorf
Book Subtitle
Between Social Theory and Political Practice
Authors
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-44297-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-44297-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-44296-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 278
Number of Illustrations
2 b/w illustrations
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