How do intellectuals engage with and affect their publics? What is the role of the public intellectual in the new age of political uncertainties? What challenges face female intellectuals and those speaking from an ethnic, national or class position? This exciting collection responds to these questions by offering a broad-ranging account of the changing role of intellectuals in public life. The volume opens with provocative essays on the idea and role of the public intellectual from Alexander, Evans and Zulaika. Chapters from Rabinbach on intellectuals' responses to totalitarianism, Outhwaite on what it means to be a European intellectual, and Auer's discussion of the dissident intellectual in the collapse of communism lead onto vigorous debate of earlier points discussed through specific intellectual case studies from Tocqueville to Hayek. Intellectuals and their Publics will attract a broad readership interested in the role of the intellectual, with particular appeal for sociologists, political theorists and historians of ideas.
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Author Biography - Christian Fleck
Christian Fleck is Professor of Sociology at the Karl Franzens University of Graz and Director of the Archive for the History of Sociology in Austria. He has been a Fellow at Harvard University and at the Center for Scholars and Writers, New York Public Library and in Spring 2008 he was Visiting Austrian Fulbright Professor at the University of Minnesota, USA. Andreas Hess is Senior Lecturer in Sociology at University College Dublin. Amongst his previous books are Concepts of Social Stratification: European and American Models (2001); American Social and Political Thought: A Concise Introduction (2000) and (as editor) American Social and Political Thought: A Reader (2003) E. Stina Lyon is Professor and Pro Dean for the Faculty of Arts and Human Sciences at London South Bank University. Her present research interests are in the history of sociology, particularly with reference to sociological research methods.