Nouvelle publication : « Becoming Mead. The Social Process of Academic Knowledge » par Daniel R. Huebner


George Herbert Mead is a foundational figure in sociology, best known for his book Mind, Self, and Society, which was put together after his death from course notes taken by stenographers and students and from unpublished manuscripts. Mead, however, never taught a course primarily housed in a sociology department, and he wrote about a wide variety of topics far outside of the concerns for which he is predominantly remembered—including experimental and comparative psychology, the history of science, and relativity theory. In short, he is known in a discipline in which he did not teach for a book he did not write.

In Becoming Mead, Daniel R. Huebner traces the ways in which knowledge has been produced by and about the famed American philosopher. Instead of treating Mead’s problematic reputation as a separate topic of study from his intellectual biography, Huebner considers both biography and reputation as social processes of knowledge production. He uses Mead as a case study and provides fresh new answers to critical questions in the social sciences, such as how authors come to be considered canonical in particular disciplines, how academics understand and use others’ works in their research, and how claims to authority and knowledge are made in scholarship. Becoming Mead provides a novel take on the history of sociology, placing it in critical dialogue with cultural sociology and the sociology of knowledge and intellectuals.

Daniel R. Huebner est enseignant adjoint en sociologie à l’American University (Columbia) et à la Bowie State University (Maryland). Il a soutenu sa thèse de sociologie en 2012 à la Chicago University. Ses recherches portent notamment sur l’histoire des sciences sociales, la sociologie de la connaissance, la sociologie culturelle, la théorie sociale et les méthodes historiques. Il a publié plusieurs articles dans le Journal of Classical Sociology, le Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences, et les Archives Européennes de Sociologie.

On trouvera un aperçu de cette étude dans le chapitre « La fabrique de L’esprit, le soi et la société : aux origines de la psychologie sociale de George Herbert Mead » ainsi que la bibliographie des oeuvres de Mead établie par l’auteur dans l’ouvrage La théorie sociale de G. H. Mead. Etudes critiques et traductions inédites (A. Cukier, E. Debray (dir.), Le bord de l’eau, collection « La bibliothèque du MAUSS », 2014).


Table des matières

List of Illustrations

Part One: Rethinking Mead
1. Public Participation
2. Laboratory Science
3. Hawaiian Sojourns

Part Two: Notes and Books
4. Lectures, Classrooms, and Students
5. The Construction of Mind, Self, and Society

Part Three: Influence and Interpretation
6. Intellectual Projects
7. In Reference to Mead, or How to Win Students and Influence Sociology


Appendix A: George Herbert Mead’s Published Works
Appendix B: Extant Notes from Mead’s Courses


Informations techniques :
Becoming Mead. The Social Process of Academic Knowledge, par Daniel R. Huebner.
The University of Chicago Press
368 pages

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