Thinking about Society: Theory and Practice

  • I. C. Jarvie

Part of the Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science book series (BSPS, volume 93)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Problems and Theories in the Social Sciences

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Objectivism Versus Relativism

    3. Philosophy of Anthropology

  3. Applications and Implications

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 263-263
    2. Society and the Arts

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        Pages 265-281
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        Pages 282-301
    3. Society and Technology

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        Pages 302-313
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        Pages 321-327
      3. I. C. Jarvie
        Pages 328-351
    4. Society and Social Control

  4. Back Matter
    Pages 476-523

About this book


I. C. Jarvie was trained as a social anthropologist in the center of British social anthropology - the London School of Economics, where Bronislaw Malinowski was the object of ancestor worship. Jarvie's doctorate was in philosophy, however, under the guidance of Karl Popper and John Watkins. He changed his department not as a defector but as a rebel, attempting to exorcize the ancestral spirit. He criticized the method of participant obser­ vation not as useless but as not comprehensive: it is neither necessary nor sufficient for the making of certain contributions to anthropology; rather, it all depends on the problem-situation. And so Jarvie remained an anthro­ pologist at heart, who, in addition to some studies in rather conventional anthropological or sociological molds, also studied the tribe of social scien­ tists, but also critically examining their problems - especially their overall, rather philosophical problems, but not always so: a few of the studies in­ cluded in this volume exemplify his work on specific issues, whether of technology, or architecture, or nationalism in the academy, or moviemaking, or even movies exhibiting excessive sex and violence. These studies attract his attention both on account of their own merit and on account of their need for new and powerful research tools, such as those which he has forged in his own intellectual workshop over the last two decades.


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Authors and affiliations

  • I. C. Jarvie
    • 1
  1. 1.York UniversityTorontoCanada

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1986
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-010-8894-7
  • Online ISBN 978-94-009-5424-3
  • Series Print ISSN 0068-0346
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