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Chaos of Disciplines
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 248

Chaos of Disciplines

In this vital new study, Andrew Abbott presents a fresh and daring analysis of the evolution and development of the social sciences. Chaos of Disciplines reconsiders how knowledge actually changes and advances. Challenging the accepted belief that social sciences are in a perpetual state of progress, Abbott contends that disciplines instead cycle around an inevitable pattern of core principles. New schools of thought, then, are less a reaction to an established order than they are a reinvention of fundamental concepts. Chaos of Disciplines uses fractals to explain the patterns of disciplines, and then applies them to key debates that surround the social sciences. Abbott argues that knowledge in different disciplines is organized by common oppositions that function at any level of theoretical or methodological scale. Opposing perspectives of thought and method, then, in fields ranging from history, sociology, and literature, are to the contrary, radically similar; much like fractals, they are each mutual reflections of their own distinctions.

Dictionary of Torture
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 160

Dictionary of Torture

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2015-01-07
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  • Publisher: Abbott Press

From ancient times to today, there is no question that torture has been an integral part of human history. From the world's first documented society of Mesopotamia to the present day; from the famous to the most obscure; and from the Far East to the West and every society in between, the Dictionary of Torture shares fascinating facts on how torture and execution methods have been used throughout history. Nigette Spikes, a researcher and torture historian, relies on years of research to share a compilation of torture methods from around the world. Whether it was to punish criminals in Abu Gharib, extract confessions from accused witches of Salem, or for the sadistic pleasures of Vlad the Impa...

Varieties of Social Imagination
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 320

Varieties of Social Imagination

In July 2009, the American Journal of Sociology (AJS) began publishing book reviews by an individual writing as Barbara Celarent, professor of particularity at the University of Atlantis. Mysterious in origin, Celarent’s essays taken together provide a broad introduction to social thinking. Through the close reading of important texts, Celarent’s short, informative, and analytic essays engaged with long traditions of social thought across the globe—from India, Brazil, and China to South Africa, Turkey, and Peru. . . and occasionally the United States and Europe. Sociologist and AJS editor Andrew Abbott edited the Celarent essays, and in Varieties of Social Imagination, he brings the work together for the first time. Previously available only in the journal, the thirty-six meditations found here allow readers not only to engage more deeply with a diversity of thinkers from the past, but to imagine more fully a sociology—and a broader social science—for the future.

Abbott Awaits
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 192

Abbott Awaits

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2011-03-01
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  • Publisher: LSU Press

A quiet tour de force, Chris Bachelder's Abbott Awaits transforms the ordinary into the extraordinary, startlingly depicting the intense and often heartbreaking challenges that a vulnerable, imaginative young father faces as he lives his everyday American existence.The vexation of Abbott's pensive self-doubt comes to a head one day as he cleans vomited raspberries out of his daughter's car seat and muses: "The following propositions are both true: (A) Abbott would not, given the opportunity, change one significant element of his life, but (B) Abbott cannot stand his life." Composed of small moments of domestic wonder and terror Bachelder's novel is a charming story of misadventure, anxiety, and the every-day battles.

Toyland
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 20

Toyland

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2013-06-17
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  • Publisher: Abbott Press

Over the past few years, much has been said and written about the present state of corporate America. Voices have been raised rebuking the ways in which those with powerful influences have manipulated their organizations, particularly within large public companies. Toyland: The Executive Suite speaks to these conditions through the medium of verse. These poems address the diminished state of ethical practices in some businesses for the benefit of those with influence. They also speak subtly to the ingenuity and invigorating charisma of these senior executives. For over twenty-five years, author Jan Benitz has served senior executives in the executive suites of various corporations, not as a ...

Processual Sociology
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 336

Processual Sociology

For the past twenty years, noted sociologist Andrew Abbott has been developing what he calls a processual ontology for social life. In this view, the social world is constantly changing—making, remaking, and unmaking itself, instant by instant. He argues that even the units of the social world—both individuals and entities—must be explained by these series of events rather than as enduring objects, fixed in time. This radical concept, which lies at the heart of the Chicago School of Sociology, provides a means for the disciplines of history and sociology to interact with and reflect on each other. In Processual Sociology, Abbott first examines the endurance of individuals and social gr...

The Adventures of Morgan and Malyk
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 48

The Adventures of Morgan and Malyk

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2012-10-16
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  • Publisher: Abbott Press

Follow two best friends, Morgan and Malyk, as they explore a small island and find a dog that has just given birth to four puppies. Who does this dog belong too? How will they find the owner?

The Log of a Snow Survey
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 306

The Log of a Snow Survey

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2014-12-09
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  • Publisher: Abbott Press

Snow surveyors throughout the world get to see what most of us only dream about: stunning terrain, birdlife and animals rarely seen in lower elevations, and stars that seem close enough to grab. Patrick Armstrong reveals the little-known world of a snow surveyor in this fascinating account, transporting readers into the remote winter world of the Sierra Nevada in California. High in the mountains, Armstrong and his companions must cross twelve-thousand-foot passes and dig through snow to gain entrance to rock or log cabins for shelter at night. Traveling on skis, they often traverse more than a hundred miles each month during the winter and in the process climb and descend twenty or thirty t...

Windows
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 16

Windows

When you look through a window, what do you see? A frog sitting on a log. The sun beginning to rise. A policeman at a traffic light. Stars twinkling in the night. What else do you see? Can you see a little bit of the future? Each window gives us a different view. What you see is up to you!

You Are Too a Bully!
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 126

You Are Too a Bully!

Michael Kim is worried about making friends at his new school, until he meets Jason—a boy his age who lives in the same neighborhood and will be going to the same school. But even with a new friend, Michael faces trouble at the bus stop on the first day of school when a boy named Chuck begins calling him names. Michael is angry, even though all of the other kids encourage him to ignore the other boy. Chuck’s buddies tell him to quit picking on Michael, but Chuck is sure that he isn’t hurting anyone. He doesn’t think he’s a bully; he’s just having fun. Sensing a problem, Mrs. Murphy, the bus driver, asks Michael and Jason to talk to her, but Michael is afraid he’ll be tattling if he tells the truth. Mrs. Murphy assures Michael that he’s not tattling and encourages him to tell his parents and the principal in order to report the bullying. Michael is facing a very difficult situation. He is being bullied, and he needs to figure out how to handle it. What would you do?