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Ideology and Utopia: An Introduction to the Sociology of Knowledge

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Mannheim, a pioneer in the field of SOCIOLOGY (740), here analyzes the ideologies that are used to stabilize a social order and the wish-dreams that are employed when any transformation of that same order is attempted. Translated and with a Foreword by Louis Wirth and Edward Shils; Preface by Wirth; Indices.
Paperback, 384 pages
Published August 4th 1955 by Mariner Books (first published 1929)
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Mar 24, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sociology
I wish I’d picked up another strand in my review of The Last Gentleman. In it, the engineer, accompanied by a telescope, maps, a firkin and an knowledge of air conditioning represents to some degree measurement, exactitude, reasoning itself; in the novel this is contrasted against the fleshy immanences of existence, the messy viscera of humanity, and also the limits of abstract reasoning. Yet there’s a dissolution (not a compromise, not a resolution) of the dialectic or contrast – perhaps becaus ...more
Jan 30, 2014 rated it liked it
While Mannheim's concepts themselves are interesting, I feel like the whole book walks in little loops; you have to cycle back over previously mentioned ideas in order to move ahead just a millimeter. It was a little exhausting.
إيمان الحبيشي
يناقش هذا الكتاب ككل فكرة: كيف يفكر الناس فعليًّا؟ وكيف يؤدي الفكر وظيفته في الحياة وفي السياسة كأداة للعمل الاجتماعي
بداية يحاول الكاتب أن يبين أهم التغيرات في تصور الناس للأيديولوجيا، ويبين من ناحية كيف أن هذه التغيرات في المعنى مرتبطة بالتغيرات الاجتماعية والتاريخية، وأن المفاهيم ذاتها تمر بتغيرات يكاد لا يلحظها أحد.
يركز على مفهومين رئيسيين هما الأيديولوجيا واليوتوبيا الأولى يعرفها من منظور كلي وفردي ويوضح تحولها من الفردي للكلي أي تحول الأيديولوجيا من مجرد تصور في الذهن الى اعتقاد عام عند جما
Nov 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Reading this book was the equivalent of being in an abusive relationship. Mannheim's writing style is unnecessarily complicated which manifests itself in the form of slightly incomprehensible sentences followed by completely incomprehensible sentences. That being said, his ideas are quite loveable. No matter how many times you throw the book away you will keep coming back to it. Make no mistake reading this book will kill part of your soul before reaching the end. It's fairly exhausting.

Oct 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
يري مانهايم أن مفهوم الأيديولوجا تفكير يهدف الي استمرار الحاضر و نفي بذور التغيير الموجوده فيه يساعد على حفظ النظام القائم و التمسك بالأمن فمفومها الخاص يشير الى أنها شريحة او قطاع من الفكر المعارض او المناوئ فأن لم تتغير هذه المصالح و الاهتمامات ففكر الجماعة يظل ثابت و استاتيكي سيكولوجية مصالح اما التصور العام لها أنها لا تميز الفكر المعارض فحسب بل أنها تميز فكر الفرد نفسه فيري مانهايم أن الفرد الذي لا يعتنق ايديولوجية معينة بصورة تزمنية هو شخص مثقف محرر من كل انتماء طبقي و يصل الي الوعي الصادق ...more
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Jimmy Pryor
Jun 13, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: sociology
While this book was hailed as ground-breaking in the sociology of knowledge, I found it very general in its ideas and mostly as applied to academic knowledge. The concepts of ideology as socially formed thought systems that support particular social structures and utopia as a conception of an alternative social structure I do find useful.
Wafaa Farouk
Nov 26, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: re-read
لقائي الأول بسيسولوجيا المعرفة و بكارل مانهايم
لا استطيع كتابة مراجعة تليق بالكتاب من هذهاقراءة الأولى
أذا قيمته بمقدار استفادتي و استمتاعي به لكان تقييمه أكثر من خمس نجوم
سأكتفى ب 4 نجوم حتى أعود إليه قريبا
Mar 29, 2016 marked it as to-keep-reference  ·  review of another edition trata de una crítica -notable- del marxismo histórico, no de Marx.

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Ernest Olsen
May 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Still as good as it was 40 years ago.
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“In our contemporary social and intellectual plight, it is nothing less than shocking to discover that those persons who claim to have discovered an absolute are usually the same people who also pretend to be superior to the rest. To find people in our day attempting to pass off to the world and recommending to others some nostrum of the absolute which they claim to have discovered is merely a sign of the loss of and the need for intellectual and moral certainty, felt by broad sections of the population who are unable to look life in the face.” 5 likes
“Hence insight may be regarded as the core of social knowledge. It is arrived at by being on the inside of the phenomenon to. be observed, or, as Charles H. Cooley put it, by sympathetic introspection. It is the participation in an activity that generates interest, purpose, point of view, value, meaning, and intelligibility, as well as bias.” 0 likes
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