This title was first published in 2001. This book tackles the important issue of the tasks that confront sociology in the third millennium. It examines the sociological interpretations of the World-Wide revolution which - amid unprecedented scientific and technological progress and the globalization of markets - has generated new inequalities, poverty, structural unemployment and mass conditionings. A number of the most distinguished living sociologists (including Boudon, Beck, Eisenstadt, Tiryakain, Wieviorka) furnish profound and innovative interpretations of changes in world society, while outlining the frontiers of sociological research for the 21st Century. The contributions to the book not only prompt reflection on the structure and organization of sociological research, but also revitalize sociological inquiry by conducting original and stimulating analysis of theoretical and methodological issues - an undertaking essential for the survival of the discipline itself.

part I|133 pages

Theory and Research: New Horizons

chapter 2|29 pages

Post-classical sociology or the twilight of sociology?

ByMichel Wieviorka

chapter 3|28 pages

The challenge of multiple modernities

ByShmuel N. Eisenstadt

chapter 4|20 pages

Modern societies as knowledge societies

ByNico Stehr, Volker Meja

part II|134 pages

The New Realities of Today: Cosmopolitan Society, Globalization, Ethnicity, Nationality, Immigration

chapter 6|21 pages

The cosmopolitan society and its enemies

ByUlrich Beck

chapter 7|17 pages

Sociology after the revolution in Eastern Europe: can it survive?

ByZdzisław Krasnodębski

chapter 8|35 pages

Globalization and peripheral identity

ByTalis Tisenkopfs

chapter 9|20 pages

‘Mind’ and collective consciousness

BySteven Grosby

part III|100 pages

The New Frontiers of Sociology

chapter 11|22 pages

Some challenges for sociology in the new era

ByEdward A. Tiryakian

chapter 12|14 pages

Toward a science of global marginality

ByAnthony J. Blasi

chapter 13|32 pages

New horizons in religious evolution 1

ByYves Lambert

chapter 15|18 pages

The idea of alternative discourses

BySyed Farid Alatas