Integralism, Altruism and Reconstruction: Essays in Honor of Pitirim A. Sorokin
Integralism, Altruism and Reconstruction: Essays in Honor of Pitirim A. Sorokin intends to bring the Russian born Pitirim A. Sorokin (1889-1968) to the forefront of contemporary sociological thought. It is written by a group of nine scholars, from different universities (from the United States and Spain), who shed light on both the bright and dark periods of Sorokin´s academic path. After a very active political life in Russia, Sorokin emigrated to the United States in the 30s, where he became a highly respected scholar. He was the Chair of Harvard University Sociology Department from 1930 to 1944, founded the Harvard Research Center in Creative Altruism in 1949, and was nominated for the American Sociological Association Presidency in 1964. Despite his quite distinguished and prolific career, many of his writings were, and have been, largely ignored by mainstream sociology. The present book describes why Sorokin’s fate turned in this unfortunate direction and emphasizes that at present times, there is a growing group of scholars who are interested in revitalizing this important theorist and author.