Manifesto for Social Sciences written by Craig Calhoun and Michel Wieviorka deals with the role and purpose of the social sciences, especially that of sociology. Authors will problematize two questions: how do social sciences participate in the emancipation and development of the society and how can they help us understand the new social and mythological matters relating globalization and individualism? The origin of the need for this process is based on several facts: at the time of the triumph of neoliberalism in our society it is necessary to renew the central place of social science that has been marginalized by the "in its nature antisociological" economy.

In addition to discoveries based on the research conducted, and therefore based on the experience, and in adition to hiperspecialization and fragmentation of the disciplines, it is essential, according to the authors, to recall the richness of dialogue between the disciplines and to offer a general theory. How to understand the world today, how to prepare ourselves for what is coming, how to better understand the past and focus on the future? Contemporary society ceases to be what it is if deprived of certain criteria, a feeling of direction. The social sciences in turn secured a large selection of instruments for the production of knowledge available to all instances of the society who are looking for useful insights.

The purpose of the Manifesto for Social Sciences, starting from these considerations, is to recall the undeniable contribution of social sciences in understanding social phenomena and positions of researchers as a central instance in the establishment and promotion of standards to which this science is governed. The book also contains additional attachments, two theme-related comments by Edgar Morin and Alain Touraine.

  • ISBN: 978-953-8075-22-3
  • Dimensions: 128x200 mm
  • Number of pages: 100
  • Cover: paperback
  • Year of the edition: 2017
  • Original title: Manifeste pourt les sciences sociales
  • Original language: French
  • Translation: Rade Kalanj