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Nisbet, Robert A.

Works: 245 works in 1,274 publications in 7 languages and 27,976 library holdings
Genres: History  Dictionaries 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, Originator, Compiler, Author of introduction
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The sociological tradition by Robert A Nisbet( Book )

109 editions published between 1966 and 2017 in 6 languages and held by 2,183 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Discussion of the elements of sociology: community, authority, status, the sacred, and alienation
The quest for community; a study in the ethics of order and freedom by Robert A Nisbet( Book )

79 editions published between 1953 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 1,906 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Quest for Community stands among the most important social critiques ever written. Robert Nisbet's study explores how individualism and statism have flourished while the primary sources of human community--the family, neighborhoods, the church, and voluntary organizations--have grown weaker. First published in 1953, this timeless work is a seminal contribution to the understanding of the spiritual and intellectual crisis of Western society."--Back cover
Contemporary social problems by Robert King Merton( Book )

43 editions published between 1961 and 1976 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,827 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

History of the idea of progress by Robert A Nisbet( Book )

50 editions published between 1979 and 2017 in 3 languages and held by 1,787 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The idea of progress from the Enlightenment to postmodernism is still very much with us. In intellectual discourse, journals, popular magazines, and radio and talk shows, the debate between those who are "progressivists" and those who are "declinists" is as spirited as it was in the late seventeenth century. In History of the Idea of Progress, Robert Nisbet traces the idea of progress from its origins in Greek, Roman, and medieval civilizations to modern times. It is a masterful frame of reference for understanding the present world. Nisbet asserts there are two fundamental building blocks necessary to Western doctrines of human advancement: the idea of growth, and the idea of necessity. He sees Christianity as a key element in both secular and spiritual evolution, for it conveys all the ingredients of the modern idea of progress: the advancement of the human race in time, a single time frame for all the peoples and epochs of the past and present, the conception of time as linear, and the envisagement of the future as having a utopian end. In his new introduction, Nisbet shows why the idea of progress remains of critical importance to studies of social evolution and natural history. He provides a contemporary basis for many disciplines, including sociology, economics, philosophy, religion, politics, and science. History of the Idea of Progress continues to be a major resource for scholars in all these areas
Social change and history : aspects of the Western theory of development by Robert A Nisbet( Book )

44 editions published between 1959 and 1979 in 3 languages and held by 1,422 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Preface: The primary purpose of this book is to set forth the essential sources and contests of the Western idea of social development. The book is in large part historical, in smaller part analytical and critical. In the rather long final chapter I explore some of the difficulties which seem to me to arise in the study of social change when this study is made subject to the fundamental concepts of developmentalism
A history of sociological analysis by T. B Bottomore( Book )

26 editions published between 1978 and 1979 in English and held by 1,380 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sociological thought in the eighteenth century; Theories of progress, development, evolution; Conservatism; Marxism and sociology; German sociology in the time of Max Weber; Emile Durkhein; Positivism and its critics; American trends; Functionalism; Theories of social action; Exchange theory; Interactionism; Phenomenology and sociology; Structuralism; Social stratification; Power and authority; Sociological analysis and social policy; Name index; Subject index
The present age : progress and anarchy in modern America by Robert A Nisbet( Book )

28 editions published between 1988 and 2014 in English and held by 1,329 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Present Age, Robert Nisbet's analysis of the United States in the period after 1914, provides an original take on "the American century." This learned, elegantly written essay extends the analyses of Tocqueville and Bryce of the threats that bureaucracy, centralization, and creeping conformity post to liberty and individual independence in the Western world. Nisbet depicts the unprecedented "militarization" of American life in the decades after 1914 as a tragedy - the necessary resistance to National Socialist and Communist totalitarianism that fed into and reinforced the profound tendencies toward centralization in modern society."
Twilight of authority by Robert A Nisbet( Book )

34 editions published between 1975 and 2006 in English and held by 1,262 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Émile Durkheim by Robert A Nisbet( Book )

32 editions published between 1965 and 1976 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,240 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The social philosophers: community and conflict in Western thought by Robert A Nisbet( Book )

48 editions published between 1973 and 1993 in English and held by 1,164 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This essay in social and intellectual history advances the thesis that Western social philosophy arose during the disintegration of the ancient Greek and Roman communities and has been preoccupied ever since with the problem of community lost and community to be gained. As the author shows, Western ideas of moral authority, freedom, consensus, and personality take on their distinctive character as aspects of Western man's search tor community. Six major types of community in Western life and thought are distinguished by Professor Nisbet: military, political, religious, revolutionary, ecological, and plural. Each of these is presented as a continuing current in Western history and as a vital context to the central ideas of social philosophy. From Plato and Aristotle down to such moderns as Marx, Tocqueville, Weber, Kropotkin, and Fanon we see the dominant ideas and perspectives of Western thought as responses to conflicts and crises--above all, to those affecting man's perennial quest for community.--From publisher description
Sociology as an art form by Robert A Nisbet( Book )

40 editions published between 1976 and 2018 in 3 languages and held by 1,156 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The author asserts that sociology is indeed an art form, one that has a strong kinship with literature, painting, Romantic history, and philosophy in the nineteenth century, the age in which sociology came into full stature. He explains the degree to which sociology draws from the same creative impulses, themes and styles (rooted in history), and actual modes of representation found in the arts. He shows how the founding sociologists such as Marx, Weber, Durkheim, and Simmel constructed portraits (of the bourgeois, the worker, and the intellectual) and landscapes (of the masses, the poor, the factory system), all reflecting and contributing to identical portraits and landscapes found in the literature and art of the period. In addition to marking the similarities between sociologists' and artists' efforts to depict motion or movement, the author emphasizes the relation of sociology to art and literature, with examples such as alienation, anomie, and degeneration
The sociology of Emile Durkheim by Robert A Nisbet( Book )

24 editions published between 1974 and 1975 in English and held by 1,147 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Conservatism : dream and reality by Robert A Nisbet( Book )

45 editions published between 1986 and 2017 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,078 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The essential concerns of conservatism are the same as those that motivated Nisbet's first and most influential book. The Quest for Community. In fact, Conservatism unites virtually all of Nisbet's work. In it, Nisbet deals with the political causes of the manifold forms of alienation that underwrite the human quest for community. The sovereign political state is more than a legal relationship of a superstructure of power, it is inseparable from its successive penetrations of man's economic, religious, kinship and local allegiances, and its revolutionary dislocations of established centers of power. Nisbet holds that although political philosophers are often conceived in terms of their views of the individual and the state, a more useful approach adds the factor of social groups or communities mediating between the individual and the state. Such groups comprise "society" the protection of which is the "sole object" of the conservative tradition, according to Nisbet. This conservative ideology arose in the West as a reaction to the French Revolution and its perceived impact upon traditional society. Edmund Burke was the first spokesman of the new ideology. In this book, Nisbet argues that modern conservatism throughout the West can be seen as a widening of Burke's indictment not only of the French Revolution, but of the larger revolution we have come to call modernity. From Edmund Burke and his contemporaries such as Bonald, de Maistre, Haller, and Savigny, down to T.S. Eliot, Christopher Dawson, Michael Oakeshott, Irving Babbit, Paul Elmer More, and Russell Kirk, the essential themes of political conservatism remained the same. They are centered upon history, tradition, property, authority, liberty and religion, and attack equally the political collectivism and radical individualism that have the same irrational outcomes. Nisbet makes the point that, at present, conservatism is also in a crisis, one created in large measure by mixing in the political arena economic liberalism and welfare state socialism - a lethal mix for conservative politics
The social bond : an introduction to the study of society by Robert A Nisbet( Book )

30 editions published between 1970 and 1977 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,024 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The degradation of the academic dogma: the university in America, 1945-1970 by Robert A Nisbet( Book )

22 editions published between 1970 and 1985 in English and held by 947 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Prejudices : a philosophical dictionary by Robert A Nisbet( Book )

15 editions published between 1982 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 899 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A great moralist and social thinker illuminates the most vexing issues of our time--war, old age, racism, abortion, boredom, crime and punishment, sociobiology--in a book which is by turns hilarious and somber but always vigorous and stimulating
Tradition and revolt : historical and sociological essays by Robert A Nisbet( Book )

21 editions published between 1966 and 1970 in English and Undetermined and held by 694 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From the Publisher: This classic volume deals with a crucial contemporary social issue: the conflict between traditionalism and modernism. Nisbet considers such subjects as power, community, culture, and the university. He deals directly with the values of authority, tradition, hierarchy, and community on the one hand, and individualism, secularism, and revolt on the other. Nisbet's underlying argument is that there is a close historical relationship between the distribution of power in democratic society and the displacement of social class, kinship, neighborhood, and the church. The book challenges concerned Americans to understand and address the basic conflicts confronting contemporary society
Roosevelt and Stalin : the failed courtship by Robert A Nisbet( Book )

13 editions published between 1988 and 1991 in English and held by 584 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Social change by Robert A Nisbet( Book )

20 editions published between 1972 and 1973 in 3 languages and held by 578 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Contemporary social problems; an introduction to the sociology of deviant behavior and social disorganization by Robert King Merton( Book )

28 editions published between 1961 and 1976 in English and held by 504 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Prejudices : a philosophical dictionary
The quest for community; a study in the ethics of order and freedomHistory of the idea of progressThe present age : progress and anarchy in modern AmericaTwilight of authoritySociology as an art formConservatism : dream and realityPrejudices : a philosophical dictionary
Alternative Names

controlled identityNisbet, Robert

Nisbet, R. 1913-

Nisbet, R. (Robert), 1913-1996

Nisbet Robert

Nisbet, Robert, 1913-

Nisbet, Robert 1913-1996

Nisbet Robert A.

Nisbet, Robert A. 1913-

Nisbet, Robert A. (Robert Alexander), 1913-1996

Nisbet, Robert Alexander.

Nisbet, Robert Alexander 1913-

Nisbet, Robert Alexander 1913-1996

Nisbet, Robert H.

Nisbet, Robert H. 1913-

Nisbet, Robert H. 1913-1996

Nisbetas Robertas

Nizbet, Robert

Robert Alexander Nisbet sociòleg estatunidenc

Robert Alexander Nisbet US-amerikanischer Soziologe

Robert Nisbet Amerikaans socioloog (1913-1996)

Robert Nisbet sociólogo estadounidense

Robert Nisbet sociologue américain

Нисбет Роберт

Нисбет, Роберт Александр

니스벳, 로버트 A. 1913-1996

ニスベット, R

ニスベット, R. A

ニスベット, ロバート・A


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