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Introduction

WithJohn H. Stanfield

As a sociologist of knowledge even as an undergraduate student entering graduate studies, I was and remain more interested in writing about matters where ideas and other mental constructs come from the ones embedded in the biographies of their creators in their historically grounded societal environments than the usual brands of unreflexive empirical research. Don't get me wrong, I have from time to time dabbled in empirical research in efforts to test theoretical ideas and to develop derived models. But, even when I get my hands dirty, so to speak, in an empirical world, my major concern is to enter deep into the waters of thinking reflexively about meanings and how to construct new ones. That is the reason I enjoy being so thorough and massive in digging as deep as I can into bodies of literature to construct patterns of meaning. and to also attempt to develop new ones from both what the patterns point to and what falls between the cracks in silence.