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Szakolczai, Árpád

Works: 86 works in 375 publications in 4 languages and 4,061 library holdings
Genres: Case studies  History  Criticism, interpretation, etc 
Roles: Author, Editor, Honoree, Publishing director
Classifications: HM487, 320.9439
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Most widely held works about Árpád Szakolczai
Most widely held works by Árpád Szakolczai
The genesis of modernity by Árpád Szakolczai( )

15 editions published between 2002 and 2013 in English and held by 1,056 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Genesis of Modernity reconstructs the ideas of three of the most important social and political theorists of the Twentieth Century, Max Weber, Michel Foucault and Eric Voegelin, on the distant roots and sources of modernity. Drawing upon the conceptual tools of social theory and political philosophy, complimented by approaches based in the fields of anthropology, comparative mythology and the history of ancient philosophy this book will prove to be a timely and valuable contribution to this developing area, bringing together the ideas of
Reflexive historical sociology by Árpád Szakolczai( )

25 editions published between 1999 and 2009 in English and Chinese and held by 526 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book reconstructs and brings together the work of a number of social and political theorists in order to gain new insight on the emergence and character of modern Western society. It examines the intersection point of social theory and historical sociology in a new theoretical approach called "reflexive historical sociology". There is analysis of the works of Max Weber, Michel Foucault, Norbert Elias, Eric Voegelin and a number of others. The book is divided into three parts. Part 1 examines the works of Eric Voegelin, Norbert Elias,
Sociology, religion, and grace by Arpad Szakolczai( )

19 editions published between 2006 and 2012 in English and held by 469 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Sociology, Religion and Grace provides a sociological analysis of the Renaissance. The book focuses on the concept of grace, and the unity that exists between its various meanings: theological (the grace of God and the gift of life), anthropological (the foundational role of gift-giving in society, according to Marcel Mauss; and the pleasure of sociability, according to Georg Simmel), and aesthetical (beauty and gracefulness)."--Jacket
Max Weber and Michel Foucault : parallel life-works by Árpád Szakolczai( Book )

27 editions published between 1997 and 2014 in English and held by 351 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Max Weber and Michael Foucault are among the most controversial and fascinating thinkers of our century. This book is the first to jointly analyse them in detail, and to make effective links between their lives and work; it coincides with a substantial resurgence of interest in their writings. The author's exciting interpretative approach reveals a new dimension in reading the work of Foucault and Weber; it will be invaluable to students and those researching in sociology and philosophy
The dissolution of communist power : the case of Hungary by Ágnes Horváth( Book )

13 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 300 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The speed and seeming ease with which the communist systems of Eastern Europe collapsed raise interesting questions about the stability of the structure that held them in place. Agnes Horvath and Arpad Szakolczai attempt to explain the demise of communist power by analysing in detail the internal apparatus of the communist regime in Hungary shortly before these historic changes took place. The book is based on unique empirical material: the result of a sociological survey carried out in 1988 in the district level communist party committees of Budapest. Extensive interviewing and direct questionnaires to party workers revealed the extent of the interpenetration of communist power and society, but also began to reveal the gradual self-elimination process of the communist system. As events gathered momentum in Hungary, the data gained significance as the documentation of a system in dissolution. This material is published here in English for the first time, and serves as the basis for a study which uses the methods of Foucault to provide insight into the social relationships of the old system and the connected problems of the post-communist epoch. The authors provide evidence of the subtle influence still retained by communist method in a country which is attempting to forge a new course
Comedy and the public sphere : the rebirth of theatre as comedy and the genealogy of the modern public arena by Arpád Szakolczai( Book )

12 editions published between 2012 and 2015 in English and held by 198 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This text reframes the discussion on the 'public sphere,' usually understood as the place where public opinion is formed, through rational discussion. The aim of the book is to give an account of this rationality, and its serious shortcomings, examining the role of the media and the confusing of public roles and personal identity
Novels and the sociology of the contemporary by Arpad Szakolczai( )

8 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 139 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This book substantiates two claims. First, the modern world was not simply produced by "objective" factors, rooted in geographical discoveries and scientific inventions, to be traced to economic, technological or political factors, but is the outcome of social, cultural and spiritual processes. Among such factors, beyond the Protestant ethic (Max Weber), the rise of the absolutist state and its disciplinary network (Michel Foucault), or court society (Norbert Elias), a prime role is played by theatre. The modern reality is deeply theatricalized. Second, a special access for studying this theatricalized world is offered by novels. The best classical novels not simply can be interpreted as describing a world "like" the theatre, but they capture and present a world that has become thoroughly transformed into a global theatre. The theatre effectively transformed the world, and classical novels effectively analyze this "theatricalized" reality - much better than the main instruments supposedly destined to study reality, philosophy and sociology. Thus, instead of using the technique of sociology to analyze novels, the book will treat novels as a "royal road" to analyze a theatricalized reality, in order to find our way back to a genuine and meaningful life "--
Walking into the void : a historical sociology and political anthropology of walking by Ágnes Horváth( )

8 editions published between 2017 and 2018 in English and held by 137 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Prés. de l'éd.: The book starts by discussing the significance of walking for the experience of being human, including a comparative study of the language and cultures of walking. It then reviews in detail, relying on archaeology, two turning points of human history: the emergence of cave art sanctuaries and a new cultural practice of long-distance 'pilgrimages', implying a descent into such caves, thus literally the 'void'; and the abandonment of walking culture through settlement at the end of the Ice Age, around the time when the visiting of cave sanctuaries also stopped. The rise of philosophy and Christianity is then presented as two returns to walking. The book closes by looking at the ambivalent relationship of contemporary modernity to walking, where its radical abandonment is combined with attempts at returns. The book ventures an unprecedented genealogy of walking culture, bringing together archaeological studies distant in both time and place, and having a special focus on the significance of the rise of representative art for human history. Our genealogy helped to identify settlement not as the glorious origin of civilisation, but rather as a source of an extremely problematic development. The findings of the book should be relevant for social scientists, as well as those interested in walking and its cultural and civilisational significance, or in the direction and meaning of human history
Permanent liminality and modernity : analysing the sacrificial carnival through novels by Arpad Szakolczai( )

10 editions published between 2016 and 2019 in English and held by 126 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book offers a comprehensive sociological study of the nature and dynamics of the modern world, through the use of a series of anthropological concepts, including the trickster, schismogenesis, imitation and liminality. Developing the view that with the theatre playing a central role, the modern world is conditioned as much by cultural processes as it is by economic, technological or scientific ones, the author contends the world is, to a considerable extent, theatrical - a phenomenon experienced as inauthenticity or a loss of direction and meaning. As such the novel is revealed as a means for studying our theatricalised reality, not simply because novels can be understood to be likening the world to theatre, but because they effectively capture and present the reality of a world that has been thoroughly ’theatricalised’ - and they do so more effectively than the main instruments usually employed to analyse reality: philosophy and sociology. With analyses of some of the most important novelists and novels of modern culture, including Rilke, Hofmannsthal, Kafka, Mann, Blixen, Broch and Bulgakov, and focusing on fin-de-siècle Vienna as a crucial ’threshold’ chronotope of modernity, Permanent Liminality and Modernity demonstrates that all seek to investigate and unmask the theatricalisation of modern life, with its progressive loss of meaning and our deteriorating capacity to distinguish between what is meaningful and what is artificial. Drawing on the work of Nietzsche, Bakhtin and Girard to examine the ways in which novels explore the reduction of human existence to a state of permanent liminality, in the form of a sacrificial carnival, this book will appeal to scholars of social, anthropological and literary theory. --
From anthropology to social theory : rethinking the social sciences by Árpád Szakolczai( )

5 editions published between 2018 and 2019 in English and No Linguistic content and held by 50 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presenting a ground-breaking revitalization of contemporary social theory, this book revisits the rise of the modern world to reopen the dialogue between anthropology and sociology. Using concepts developed by a series of 'maverick' anthropologists who were systematically marginalised as their ideas fell outside the standard academic canon, such as Arnold van Gennep, Marcel Mauss, Paul Radin, Lucien Levy-Bruhl and Gregory Bateson, the authors argue that such concepts are necessary for understanding better the rise and dynamics of the modern world, including the development of the social sciences, in particular sociology and anthropology. Concepts discussed include liminality, imitation, schismogenesis and trickster, which provide an anthropological 'toolkit' for readers to develop innovative understandings of the underlying power mechanisms of globalized modernity. Aimed at graduate students and researchers, the book is clearly structured. Part I introduces the 'maverick' anthropologists, while Part II applies the maverick-tool-kit to revisit the history of sociological thought and the question of modernity
Norbert Elias and Franz Borkenau : interwined life-works by Árpád Szakolczai( Book )

12 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 44 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Value systems in axial moments : a comparative analysis of 24 European countries by Arpád Szakolczai( Book )

10 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 44 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In a permanent state of transition : theorising the east European condition by Arpad Szakolczai( Book )

9 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 44 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Types of mayors, types of subjectivity : continuities and discontinuities in the East-Central European transitions I by Árpád Szakolczai( Book )

15 editions published in 1993 in English and German and held by 43 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Recoge: 1. Preface -- 2. Introduction -- 3. Data and methods -- 4. The results of frequency distributions -- 5. The results of factor analysis -- 6. The results of cluster analysis -- 7. Conclusion
From governmentality to the genealogy of subjectivity : on Foucault's path in the 1980's by Arpad Szakolczai( Book )

12 editions published in 1993 in English and German and held by 43 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Durkheim, Weber and Parsons and founding experiences of sociology by Arpad Szakolczai( Book )

5 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 39 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Recoge: 1. Introduction -- 2. On founding experiences -- 3. The major formative experiences of Durkheim -- 4. The major formative experiences of Weber -- 5. The formative experiences of Durkheim and Weber compared -- 6. The major formative experiences of Parsons -- 7. Conclusions: the founding experiences of sociology
Thinking beyond the East-West divide : Patocka, Foucault, Hamvas, Elias, and the care of the self by Árpád Szakolczai( Book )

10 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 38 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Value changes in Hungary, 1978-1993 : continuity and discontinuity in the East-Central European transitions II by László Füstös( Book )

12 editions published in 1994 in English and German and held by 38 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Identità, riconoscimento, scambio : saggi in onore di Alessandro Pizzorno( Book )

7 editions published in 2000 in Italian and held by 38 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Nietzsche's genealogical method : presentation and application by Árpád Szakolczai( Book )

8 editions published in 1993 in English and German and held by 38 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Szakolczai, Á.

Szakolczai, Á. 1958-

Szakolczai, Arpad.

Szakolczai, Arpad 1958-

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