Internationalism and Global Transformations in American Sociology

Michael D. Kennedy and Miguel A. Centeno

in Sociology in America

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print March 2007 | ISBN: 9780226090948
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226090962 | DOI:
Internationalism and Global Transformations in American Sociology

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This chapter begins by clarifying the range of things to which sociologists might refer when they use the word international to mark sociology in America. That provisional clarification is then used to guide an historical review of American sociological internationalism over the past century. It focuses on the last fifty and especially the most recent twenty-five years of disciplinary practice, simultaneously a time of globalization and a new “golden age” of comparative and historical sociology. The chapter also draws on surveys of published materials and correspondence with more than seventy American sociology department members evidently international in their scholarly commitments. According to these sources, the discipline looks more ethnocentric than one might expect, even as it is more global. American sociology faces a double bind—obliged by its location to engage the world, but blinded by its location to recognize the full scope of American power. That double bind is even apparent in the definition of international.

Keywords: sociological internationalism; comparative sociology; historical sociology; globalization

Chapter.  19319 words. 

Subjects: Comparative and Historical Sociology

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