The Anthem Companion to Robert Park

The Anthem Companion to Robert Park

Edited by Peter Kivisto

Anthem Companions to Sociology

Not making a case for or against Robert Park, ‘The Anthem Companion to Robert Park’ encourages readers to consider the virtue of rethinking—and rereading—this major figure in American sociology.

PDF, 258 Pages

ISBN:9780857281937

June 2017

£18.36, $30.36

EPUB, 258 Pages

ISBN:9781783086566

June 2017

£18.36, $30.36

  • About This Book
  • Reviews
  • Author Information
  • Series
  • Table of Contents
  • Links
  • Podcasts

About This Book

The collection attempts to come to term with Robert Park’s legacy. As will become evident, the focus is largely though not entirely on the work rather than the man. Mary Jo Deegan makes use of aspects of Park’s biography to illustrate what she sees as his disavowal of developing sociology as a moral science in the interest of objectivity. The article by Martin Bulmer addresses how Park came to understand what it meant to “do sociology” and Raymond Lee sees Park’s inquisitiveness as the guiding thread linking his journalism and sociology. Lee contends that in terms of sociological research, inquisitiveness was channeled by a theoretical orientation that was open to mixed methods research.

Lonnie Athens and Donald Reitzes address theoretical concerns, particularly as they pertain to Park’s place in relation to the pragmatist tradition, the work of George Herbert Mead and the emergence of symbolic interactionism. Athens offers a systematic comparison of Mead and Park on social action, assessing the strengths and weaknesses of both positions. Reitzes contends that Park’s contribution to social psychology has heretofore been underappreciated, and sets out to rectify that relative neglect. Peter Kivisto, Chad Alan Goldberg and Vince Marotta address aspects of Park’s contribution to race and ethnic relations, reflecting the centrality of this theme to his body of work taken as a whole. Kivisto explores Park’s understanding of assimilation, which has come to be known as the “canonical theory of assimilation.” Goldberg’s chapter engages in a parallel undertaking by exploring Park’s concept of the marginal man and the subsequent career of this concept. Marotta begins by noting that Park’s links to journalism and his focus on empirical investigation led many subsequent commentators to overlook the theoretical sophistication of his work. In his contribution, Marotta compares Park to contemporary critical race theorists. Coline Ruwet analyzes the shifts in his thinking about the city over the course of a quarter century. Specifically, she identifies three stages in the evolution of Park’s thinking. Anthony Blasi rounds out the collection, addressing a topic usually not associated with Park: religion.

Taken as a whole, it will be evident that these articles embrace no singular response to Park, but rather a broad range of responses, generally appreciative but also critical. The goal of this book is not to make a case for or against Park, but rather to encourage readers to consider the virtue of rethinking—and rereading—this major figure in American sociology. If one is left with a sense that we actually still do not know enough about Park the person and Park the sociologist, but that getting to know him on both fronts is important, then this companion will have served its purpose. 

Reviews

The Anthem Companions to Sociology offers wide ranging and masterly overviews of the works of major sociologists. The volumes in the series provide authoritative and critical appraisals of key figures in modern social thought. These books, written and edited by leading figures, are essential additional reading on the history of sociology. — Gerard Delanty, Professor of Sociology, University of Sussex, Brighton

This ambitious series provides an intellectually thoughtful introduction to the featured social theorists and offers a comprehensive assessment of their legacy. Each edited collection synthesizes the many dimensions of the respective theorist’s contributions and sympathetically ponders the various nuances in and the broader societal context for their body of work. The series will be appreciated by seasoned scholars and students alike. — Michele Dillon, Professor of Sociology and Dean of the College of Liberal Arts, University of New Hampshire

The orchestration and emergence of the Anthem Companions to Sociology represent a formidable and invaluable achievement. Each companion explores the scope, ingenuity, and conceptual subtleties of the works of a theorist indispensable to the sociological project. The editors and contributors for each volume are the very best in their fields, and they guide us towards the richest, most creative seams in the writings of their thinker. The results, strikingly consistent from one volume to the next, brush away the years, reanimate what might have been lost, and bring numerous rays of illumination to the most pressing challenges of the present. — Rob Stones, Professor of Sociology, Western Sydney University, Australia

The Anthem Companions, those that have appeared already and those that are to come, will give every sociologist a handy and authoritative guide to all the giants of their discipline. — Stephen Mennell, Professor Emeritus, University College Dublin

Each volume of the Anthem Companions to Sociology examines comprehensively not only a theorist’s distinct approach and unique contributions, but also situates each in reference to the major parameters of mainstream theoretical schools and traditions. This remarkable Series in addition throws into high relief the singular features of modern societies. It promises to set the standard for discussions of Sociology’s long-term development and belongs on the shelves of every social scientist.— Stephen Kalberg, Professor of Sociology Emeritus, Boston University 

This valuable series covers both familiar figures in the history of sociology (such as Max Weber and, prospectively, Marx and Durkheim) and less often treated ones such as Arendt and Troeltsch who are also highly relevant to sociology, broadly conceived. In these books, leading scholars explore important but often neglected aspects of their subjects’ work. — William Outhwaite, Emeritus Professor of Sociology, Newcastle University, UK

Author Information

Peter Kivisto is the Richard A. Swanson Professor of Social Thought at Augustana College, USA, and co-director of the Research Laboratory on Transnationalism and Migration Processes at St. Petersburg State University, Russia. The author of several books, articles and chapters, his recent works include National Identity in an Age of Migration (2016); Solidarity, Justice, and Incorporation: Thinking through the Civil Sphere (coeditor, 2015); and Religion and Immigration: Migrant Faiths in North America and Western Europe (2014).

Series

Anthem Companions to Sociology

Table of Contents

Introduction. The Legacy of Robert Ezra Park, Peter Kivisto; Chapter 1. A Twisted Path: Park, Gender and Praxis, Mary Jo Deegan; Chapter 2. Robert Park’s Journey into Sociology, Martin Bulmer; Chapter 3. Beyond “Get the Seat of Your Pants Dirty in Real Research”: Park on Methods, Raymond M. Lee; Chapter 4. The Basic Components of Social Action: Mead versus Park, Lonnie Athens; Chapter 5. Robert E. Park: Neglected Social Psychologist, Donald C. Reitzes; Chapter 6. Robert E. Park’s Theory of Assimilation and Beyond, Peter Kivisto; Chapter 7. Robert Park’s Marginal Man: The Career of a Concept in American Sociology, Chad Alan Goldberg; Chapter 8. Marginality, Racial Politics and the Sociology of Knowledge: Robert Park and Critical Race Theory, Vince Marotta; Chapter 9. The Cities of Robert Ezra Park: Toward a Periodization of His Conception of the Metropolis (1915– 39), Coline Ruwet; Chapter 10. The Impact of Robert E. Park on American Sociology of Religion, Anthony J. Blasi; Chronology; Contributors; Index.

Links

No Podcasts for this title.

Latest Tweets

  • Coming soon! 'Islamic Leadership and the State in Eurasia' by Galina Yemelianova. The book presents the first integ… https://t.co/VCClnzx4TB

    - 11:33:06 on 08/12/2021
  • RT @GDP_Center: In a new blog, @GalloglySwan summarizes our recent webinar discussion with renowned economist Ha-Joon Chang and legal exper…

    - 05:33:06 on 08/12/2021
  • RT @CatherwoodLibe: ILR Featured Book of the Month for December: Democracy, Social Justice and the Role of Trade Unions: We the Working Peo…

    - 05:33:06 on 08/12/2021
  • 'The Puritan Ideology of Mobility' by Scott McDermott presents the ideology of #mobility which #Puritan leaders dev… https://t.co/Gq0CnGPTJY

    - 12:33:06 on 07/12/2021
  • RT @RuthHeholt: We have a cover! Great to work with Tanya Krzywinska and @AnthemPress ! https://t.co/mhQ9k28Dag

    - 12:33:06 on 04/12/2021
  • A lot happened in November and the cycle of information can be overwhelming. Anthem Press has curated 8 note-worthy… https://t.co/Rq0jxVpAgJ

    - 12:33:06 on 04/12/2021
  • Out now: 'Colombian Gothic in Cinema and Literature' by Gabriel Eljaiek-Rodriguez. This book postulates defining ae… https://t.co/s9bz6eSzPx

    - 12:33:06 on 02/12/2021
  • RT @philosopher1923: More great reads for 2022 cont... Senses of Upheaval - Michael Marder (@AnthemPress) Fear of Black Consciousness - @…

    - 12:33:06 on 02/12/2021
  • RT @AnthemEnviro: It's finally here! The micro-reviews have been published on our Enviro Experts website, featuring environmental justice,…

    - 12:33:06 on 01/12/2021
  • We are happy to announce the launch of 'Legal Identity, Race and Belonging in the Dominican Republic' by… https://t.co/4uYz1SJN80

    - 12:33:06 on 30/11/2021

Comodo SSL