The Disobedient Generation: Social Theorists in the Sixties

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Alan Sica, Stephen Turner, Stephen P. Turner
University of Chicago Press, Dec 15, 2005 - Biography & Autobiography - 368 pages
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The late 1960s are remembered today as the last time wholesale social upheaval shook Europe and the United States. College students during that tumultuous period—epitomized by the events of May 1968—were as permanently marked in their worldviews as their parents had been by the Depression and World War II. Sociology was at the center of these events, and it changed decisively because of them.

The Disobedient Generation collects newly written autobiographies by an international cross-section of well-known sociologists, all of them "children of the '60s." It illuminates the human experience of living through that decade as apprentice scholars and activists, encountering the issues of class, race, the Establishment, the decline of traditional religion, feminism, war, and the sexual revolution. In each case the interlinked crises of young adulthood, rapid change, and nascent professional careers shaped this generation's private and public selves. This is an intensely personal collective portrait of a generation in a time of struggle.
 

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Contents

Preface
ix
What Has 1968 Come to Mean?
1
Losing Faith
21
From Cultural Revolution to Cultural Theory
37
Antinomian Marxist
48
My Back Pages
72
Thats Not Why I Went to School
94
Coming of Age in the Sixties
114
Culture of Life
176
Dionysus and the Ideals of 1968
196
From Switzerland to Sussex
205
Always a Foreigner Always at Home
221
In Common in Person
252
The Expressive Revolutionand Generational Politics
272
High on Insubordination
285
Ontological DisobedienceDefinitely Maybe
309

Life in the Cold
129
Becoming a Sociologist in Italy
141
A Pragmatist from Germany
156
Falling into Marxism Choosing to Stay
325
Index
353
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Alan Sica is professor of sociology at Pennsylvania State University. He is the author or editor of several volumes, including, most recently, Social Thought: From Enlightenment to the Present. Stephen Turner is graduate research professor of philosophy at the University of South Florida. His most recent book is Liberal Democracy 3.0: Civil Society in an Age of Experts.

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