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Meštrović, Stjepan Gabriel

Works: 58 works in 336 publications in 2 languages and 14,903 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Rules  Case studies  Reference works 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, Author of introduction, Thesis advisor, Contributor
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Most widely held works by Stjepan Gabriel Meštrović
The Balkanization of the West : the confluence of postmodernism and postcommunism by Stjepan Gabriel Meštrović( )

24 editions published between 1994 and 2016 in English and held by 2,334 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This text argues that the media have reduced the world to a collective voyeur passively watching, monitoring, and observing crimes against humanity in former Yugoslavia. The Balkan war has produced the Balkanization of the West with the Western powers seemingly paralyzed by internecine warfare
Thorstein Veblen on culture and society by Stjepan Gabriel Meštrović( )

13 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 1,598 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Best known as the author of the brilliant book, The Theory of the Leisure Class (1899), Thorstein Veblen was much more than a one-book wonder. He is in fact a seminal classical sociologist who made many original contributions to the study of culture and society. Veblen has good claim to be considered the first, genuine sociologist of consumer society. Long before Bourdieu, Baudrillard, Lasch, or Ritzer, he exhibited a highly developed understanding of the rituals of exchange, the foibles of status and the cultural value of waste. This inspired selection conveys the full zest and penetrating insights of Veblen's writings. The collection comes with a full length essay which demonstrates the continuing relevance of Veblen's sociology
The "good soldier" on trial : a sociological study of misconduct by the U.S. military pertaining to Operation Iron Triangle, Iraq by Stjepan Gabriel Meštrović( )

8 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 1,590 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An expert witness in legal cases involving rules of engagement and the US?military murder of prisoners, Prof. Mestrovic exposes profound contradictions and systemic flaws that confuse criminal brutality and heroism, making victims of soldiers like Sergeant Michael Leahy who won a purple heart but also was sentenced to life imprisonment in 2009
Rules of engagement? : a social anatomy of an American war crime : Operation Iron Triangle, Iraq by Stjepan Gabriel Meštrović( )

14 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 1,421 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Blackwater, Abu Ghraib and other scandals in Iraq were presaged by the murderous Operation Iron Triangle in May 2006 when US soldiers were ordered to kill all Iraqis of military age. The soldiers were imprisoned; the officer was merely reprimanded. Mestrovic details the American leaderships fake commitment to the Geneva Conventions and the rule of law, fake due process for defendants, fake goals of promoting democracy, and compulsion to repeat our errors in Vietnam. The Blackwater scandal involved killing unarmed Iraqis in accordance with "rules of engagement" that were apparently s
Postemotional society by Stjepan Gabriel Meštrović( )

26 editions published between 1996 and 1997 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,394 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mestrovic demonstrates how the emotions in mass industrial societies have been neglected to devastating effect. He shows how emotion has become increasingly separated from action and how compassion fatigue has replaced political commitment
This time we knew : western responses to genocide in Bosnia by Thomas Cushman( Book )

17 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 1,224 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

And yet, while knowledge abounds, so do rationalizations for non-intervention in Balkan affairs - the threshold of "real" genocide had yet to be reached in Bosnia; all sides were equally guilty; Islamic fundamentalism in Bosnia is a threat to the West; it will only end when they all tire of killing each other - to name but a few. This Time We Knew punctures once and for all common excuses for Western inaction in the face of incontrovertible evidence of the most egregious crimes against humanity to occur in Europe since World War II
Emile Durkheim and the reformation of sociology by Stjepan Gabriel Meštrović( Book )

15 editions published between 1988 and 1993 in English and held by 678 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The coming fin de siècle : an application of Durkheim's sociology to modernity and postmodernism by Stjepan Gabriel Meštrović( Book )

39 editions published between 1990 and 2013 in English and held by 559 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

By examining how Durkheim's ideas can be applied to current social issues, the author shows the relevance of Durkheim's sociology to the debate on modernity and post-modernism. The book also draws a parallel between the fin de siecle esprit of the 19th century and the coming fin de siecle
Durkheim and postmodern culture by Stjepan Gabriel Meštrović( Book )

14 editions published between 1992 and 2017 in English and held by 502 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"As the present century and millennium approach their close, many dramatic endgames have been conceptualized by celebrated intellectuals; for example: the "end of history" (Fukuyama); the "end of culture" (Baudrillard); the "end of communism" (Brzezinski) - the last just in time for the events of 1989. The "end of sociology" might even be proposed by those who deem the field of no practical relevance to contemporary social problems. Mestrovic here cuts against the grain of this nihilistic discourse, by arguing that postmodernism itself is an aspect of culture."--BOOK JACKET. "In setting out to find cultural roots for the many phenomena taken up by postmodernists, he connects the present turmoil with strikingly similar debates at the end of the last century, debates concerning the future of capitalism, communism, feminism, and sociology, among other matters. With ambitious sweep, he relates the work of Emile Durkheim and other earlier figures (such as Henry Adams, Veblen, Jung, Adorno) to contemporary postmodernist discourse. His new book points to an opportunity for sociology to revivify itself by taking the cultural approach of its founders seriously."--Jacket
Genocide after emotion : the postemotional Balkan War( Book )

13 editions published between 1995 and 2004 in English and held by 495 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The failure to adequately respond on the part of the major Western superpowers to the atrocities in the Balkans constitutes a major moral and political scandal. In Genocide After Emotion Mestrovic and the contributors thoroughly interrogate the war, its media coverage and response in the West. The result is alarming, both for the progress of the war and for the condition of our society today: the authors argue that the West is suffering from a 'postemotional' condition - we are beyond caring about anything anymore
Anthony Giddens : the last modernist by Stjepan Gabriel Meštrović( Book )

21 editions published between 1998 and 2014 in English and Chinese and held by 452 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Anthony Giddens is arguably the world's leading sociologist. In this controversial contribution to the Giddens debate, Stjepan Mestrovic takes up and criticizes the major themes of his work - particularly the concept of 'high modernity' as opposed to 'postmodernity' and his attempted construction of a 'synthetic' tradition based on human agency and structure. Testing Giddens' theories against what is happening in the real world from genocide in Africa to near secession in Quebec, Mestrovic discerns in the construction of synthetic traditions not the promise of freedom held out by Giddens but rather the ominous potential for new forms of totalitarian control
Habits of the Balkan heart : social character and the fall of Communism by Stjepan Gabriel Meštrović( Book )

11 editions published between 1993 and 1994 in English and held by 420 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Almost as soon as Communism fell in Eastern Europe in 1989, Western politicians and intellectuals concluded that the West had "won" the Cold War and that liberal democracy had triumphed over authoritarianism in the world. Euphoria spread with the expectation of a New World Order. Within months, the giddy optimism began to fade, especially in the face of what soon became a brutal war in former Yugoslavia. Why did Serbia choose to replicate many of Germany's methods and aims from World Wars I and II, including ethnic cleansing (read "genocide") and a campaign to establish a Greater Serbia? Sociologist Stjepan Mestrovic, writing with Slaven Letica and Miroslav Goreta, argues that the social and political character of the Dinaric herdsmen - which dominates Serbian culture and politics, even though it is found in all Balkan nations - accounts for the form Communism took there, the fall of Communism, and the savagery and brutality of the post-Communist war. With carefully reasoned analysis, the authors show how sociological theories of social character - propounded by such thinkers as de Tocqueville, Veblen, and Bellah - can shed light on the conflicts in the Balkans, which, according to conventional wisdom, were not supposed to occur when Communism fell. They demonstrate that ancient, traditional ethnic, social, and nationalistic tendencies - "habits of the heart"--Of the various people of the Balkans have taken precedence over pressures for democracy in the political and cultural vacuum left by the end of Communism in the region. Unfortunately, the difficulties in the Balkans will persist for a long time to come, and similar conflicts could break out in the former Soviet Union. This thought-provoking book has much new to say about the causes of such ethnic and class conflicts in the region, and the feasibility of policies for dealing with these sores. If democracy is to be achieved in post-Communist East Europe, the authors argue, it must be based on the "good" habits of the heart that coexist there with "bad" or authoritarian social character
The barbarian temperament : toward a postmodern critical theory by Stjepan Gabriel Meštrović( Book )

15 editions published between 1993 and 2017 in English and Undetermined and held by 405 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This scintillating book by one of the most interesting young sociologists currently working in the USA is a provocative and timely contribution to the debate on civilization, modernity and postmodernity. The author argues that modernity never jettisoned barbarism. Instead barbarism was repackaged in modern and postmodern traditions and cultures
The Road from paradise : prospects for democracy in Eastern Europe by Stjepan Gabriel Meštrović( Book )

9 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 359 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Are we really at the "end of history," as some have claimed? Has the United States really won the Cold War? Will liberal democracy now triumph over nationalism and totalitarianism? The authors of this book warn that history may already have returned in newly free Eastern Europe, with war in the Balkans, capitalism not yet established, and a number of new democracies already turning autocratic. The West has responded to these sinister developments with paralysis and confusion. The 1989 fall of communism in Eastern Europe occurred in a period when Western intellectuals were involved in a confusing discourse on a number of other dramatic endings: the end of modernity, the end of the century, even the possible end of sociology. Against this backdrop, the authors focus on continuities based on the "habits of the heart" of those who threw off communism in Eastern Europe, contrasting them with Western modes of thought. Their cultural explanation draws on theories of Tocqueville, Durkheim, and others to examine positive as well as negative aspects of the nations that survived communism. While focusing on the Balkans, they also make cautious prognoses for the rest of Eastern Europe. They conclude that, in addition to the scenario desired by the West - establishment of a market economy, democracy, and pluralism in postcommunist lands - other possible scenarios need to be recognized, including continued balkanization, conflict, and chaos, and the emergence of new totalitarian states. If the West is to plant democracy in Eastern Europe, it must base its actions on a realistic appraisal of the historical and cultural forces at work. Boosterish optimism and unrealistic hopes, they warn, are an unrealistic response to the fall of communism
The postemotional bully by Stjepan Gabriel Meštrović( Book )

12 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 338 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The topics of bullying and hazing have sparked interest and discussion in recent years. Hazing is a crime in the United States, and Western nations have made efforts to stamp out bullying in schools, the workplace, and institutions. However, for the most part, bullying and hazing are ill-defined and lack theoretical perspective. Mestrovic brings classical as well as contemporary social theory to bear on this discussion. Thorstein Veblen defined the predatory barbarian as the social type, enshrined by modernity, who prefers to use force over peacable means to achieve ends. On the other extreme, Marcel Mauss wrote about the spirit of the gift and its obligations - to give, to receive, and to reciprocate - as the fundamental basis of social life. Yet, he argued that the spirit of modernity was disappearing with the progress of modernity. Mestrovic traces this fundamental opposition between barbaric force or bullying versus benign obligation that is the spirit of the gift through a host of modernist and postmodernist thinkers and theories. He introduces the concept of the 'postemotional bully' as an alternative to both of these major bodies of social theory. The postemotional bully, as a social type, is fungible, beset by screen-images on media and social media that are isolating, and is at the mercy of the peer-group. Case studies focus on bullying and hazing, specifically the cases of an American solider who committed suicide in Afghanistan, instances of torture at Abu Ghraib, and the murder of a 23-year-old African-American inmate in a Southern state prison in the US
The trials of Abu Ghraib : an expert witness account of shame and honor by Stjepan Gabriel Meštrović( Book )

7 editions published between 2007 and 2016 in English and held by 335 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Strike and destroy : when Counter-insurgency (COIN) doctrine met Hellraisers Brigade or, the fate of Corporal Morlock by Stjepan Gabriel Meštrović( )

5 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 326 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In a "spontaneous-combustion theory" of war crimes, Jeremy Morlock and 11 other soldiers were charged with having murdered 3 Afghans, as if they just spontaneously did monstrous things. But in an extraordinary court-martial the Defense showed that in fact the atrocities originated in a failure of leadership and a dysfunctional brigade climate. Dr. Stjepan Mestrovic, a professional sociologist who has testified in the trial, explains
The conceit of innocence : losing the conscience of the West in the war against Bosnia by Stjepan Gabriel Meštrović( Book )

9 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 298 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Innocence may be lost in the post-Cold War West, but the imitation of innocence is evident in the social and political landscape of the 1990s. Eminent sociologist David Riesman has argued that the current culture attempts to imitate a purity of action, motive, and spirit commonly associated with the 1950s: faith in government, optimism concerning the future, and a can-do social and political attitude. These essays by prominent scholars and former policy makers carry forward Riesman's assertions in exposing the pretense in supposedly moral-driven Western policy, especially as it pertains to the crisis in Bosnia."--Jacket
Sociological amnesia : cross-currents in disciplinary history by Alex Law( )

2 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 28 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The history of sociology overwhelmingly focuses on 'the winners' from the classical 'canon' - Marx, Durkheim, and Weber - to today's most celebrated sociologists. This book strikingly demonstrates that restricting sociology in this way impoverishes it as a form of historically reflexive knowledge and obscures the processes and struggles of sociology's own making as a form of disciplinary knowledge. Sociological Amnesia focuses on singular contributions to sociology that were once considered central to the discipline but are today largely neglected. Chapters explore the work of illustrious predecessors such as Raymond Aron, Erich Fromm and G.D.H. Cole as well as examining exceptional cases of reputational revival as in the case of Norbert Elias or Gabriel Tarde. Through understanding the obstacles of recognition faced by female sociologists like Viola Klein and Olive Schreiner, and public intellectuals like Cornelius Castoriadis, the volume considers the reasons why certain kinds of sociology are hailed as central to the discipline, whilst others are forgotten. In so doing, the collection offers fresh insights into not only the work of individual sociologists, but also into the discipline of sociology itself - its trajectories, forgotten promises, and dead ends.--
Co-opting culture : culture and power in sociology and cultural studies by B. Garrick Harden( )

1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 23 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Working from the idea that Sociology and Cultural Studies have developed distinct and valuable toolkits for understanding culture, Harden and Carley have brought together a collection of essays that address the ways in which the cultures around race, sex, and gender are mediated through or intersect with politics, society, and economy
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The Balkanization of the West : the confluence of postmodernism and postcommunism
Thorstein Veblen on culture and societyThe "good soldier" on trial : a sociological study of misconduct by the U.S. military pertaining to Operation Iron Triangle, IraqRules of engagement? : a social anatomy of an American war crime : Operation Iron Triangle, IraqPostemotional societyThis time we knew : western responses to genocide in BosniaEmile Durkheim and the reformation of sociologyThe coming fin de siècle : an application of Durkheim's sociology to modernity and postmodernismDurkheim and postmodern culture
Alternative Names
Meštrović, S. G.

Meštrović, S. G. 1955-

Meštrović, S. G. (Stjepan Gabriel)

Meštrović, Stjepan

Meštrović, Stjepan 1955-

Meštrović, Stjepan G.

Meštrović, Stjepan G. 1955-

Meštrović, Stjepan Gabriel

Meštrovic, Stjepan Gabriel 1955-

Meštrović, Stjepan Gabrijel

Stjepan Gabriel Meštrović

Stjepan Gabriel Meštrović sociologue américain

Stjepan Gabrijel Meštrović

Stjepan Meštrović Amerikaans socioloog

메스트로비치, 스테판 G. 1955-

메스트로비치, 스테판 가브리엘 1955-

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