Intellectuals and the Public Good
Creativity and Civil Courage
By (author) Barbara A. Misztal
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Intellectuals and the Public Good by Barbara A. Misztal
Book DescriptionCreativity and civil courage are major dimensions of an intellectual's authority and contribute towards the enrichment of democracy. This book develops a sociological account of civil courage and creative behaviour in order to enhance our understanding of the nature of intellectuals' involvement in society. Barbara A. Misztal employs both theoretical-analytic and empirical components to develop a typology of intellectuals who have shown civil courage and examines the biographies of twelve Nobel Peace Prize laureates, including Elie Wiesel, Andrei Sakharov and Linus C. Pauling, to illustrate acts of courage which have embodied the values of civil society. She advances our understanding of the nature of intellectuals' public involvement and their contribution to social well-being. In the current climate of fear and insecurity, as governments are forced to deal with issues of increasing complexity, this is a pioneering sociological book with a highly original approach.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521847186
(228mm x 152mm x 21mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 13-Sep-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Barbara A. Misztal
Multiple Normalities, Hardback (April 2015)
Multiple Normalities enhances sociological understandings of normality by illustrating it with the help of British novels. It demonstrates commonalities and differences between the meanings of normality in these two periods, exemplifying the emergence of the multiple normalities and the transformation of ways in which we give meaning to the world.
Intellectuals and the Public Good, Paperback (July 2012)
A sociological account of civil courage and creative behaviour through the study of Nobel Peace Prize laureates.
Theories of Social Remembering, Paperback (July 2003)» View all books by Barbara A. Misztal
Through a synthesis of old and new theories of social remembering, this book provides the first comprehensive overview of the sociology of memory. This rapidly expanding field explores how representations of the past are generated, maintained and reproduced through texts, images, sites, rituals and experiences.
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Author Biography - Barbara A. Misztal
Barbara A. Misztal is Professor and Chair of Sociology at the University of Leicester. She is the author of Theories of Social Remembering (2003), Informality: Social Theory and Contemporary Practice (2000) and Trust in Modern Societies (1996).
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