By Siniŝa Maleŝević, Mark Haugaard
Ernest Gellner used to be a distinct student whose paintings lined components as assorted as social anthropology, analytical philosophy, the sociology of the Islamic international, nationalism, psychoanalysis, East eu alterations and kinship buildings. regardless of this variety, there's a great measure of team spirit and coherence in Gellner's paintings along with his tremendously modernist, rationalist and liberal world-view obtrusive in every thing he wrote. His primary tricky continues to be consistent: figuring out how the trendy global got here into being and to what volume it really is specified relative to all different social varieties. Ten years after his demise, this booklet brings jointly top social theorists to judge the importance of Gellner's legacy and to reassess his significant matters. It corrects many misunderstandings and significantly engages with Gellner's legacy to supply a innovative contribution to knowing our modern post-9/11, international, past due sleek, social .
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Ernest Gellner and Contemporary Social Thought by Siniŝa Maleŝević, Mark Haugaard