An intellectual history of the social sciences that offers a library of 101 books that broke new ground for the field.
What are the social sciences? What unifies them? This essay collection seeks to answer these and other important questions as it considers how the field has developed over the years, from post–World War II to the present day throughout the world. Edited by Cyril Lemieux, Laurent Berger, Marielle Macé, Gildas Salmon, and Cécile Vidal, A History of the Social Sciences in 101 Books brings together a diverse range of researchers in the social sciences to present short essays on 101 books—both renowned and lesser known—that have shaped the field, from Theodor Adorno and Max Horkheimer’s Dialectic of Enlightenment (1947) to Michel Aglietta’s Money: 5000 Years of Debt and Power (2016).
While there have been surveys and intellectual histories of particular disciplines within the social sciences (history, anthropology, sociology), until now there has been no intellectual history of the social sciences as a unified whole. Far from presenting a fixed and frozen canon, A History of the Social Sciences in 101 Books offers instead a moving, multiform landscape with no settled questions, only an ongoing series of new perspectives and challenges to previously established grounding.
About the Author
Cyril Lemieux is a sociologist and Senior Research Fellow at the School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences in Paris.
Laurent Berger is an anthropologist and Lecturer at the School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences.
Marielle Macé is a specialist in literature, Senior Research Fellow at the French National Center for Scientific Research, and Director of Studies at the School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences.
Gildas Salmon is a philosopher and Lecturer at the French National Center for Scientific Research.
Cécile Vidal is an anthropologist and Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Research and Development.