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Ideas on the Move in the Social Sciences and Humanities

The International Circulation of Paradigms and Theorists

  • Gisèle Sapiro
  • Marco Santoro
  • Patrick Baert

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxviii
  2. Gisèle Sapiro, Marco Santoro, Patrick Baert
    Pages 1-27
  3. The Circulation of Paradigms and Theories

  4. The International Reception of Key Thinkers

  5. Marco Santoro, Andrea Gallelli, Matteo Gerli
    Pages C1-C2
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 383-405

About this book


This edited collection analyses the reception of a selection of key thinkers, and the dissemination of paradigms, theories and controversies across the social sciences and humanities since 1945. It draws on data collected from textbooks, curricula, interviews, archives, and references in scientific journals, from a broad range of countries and disciplines to provide an international and comparative perspective that will shed fresh light on the circulation of ideas in the social and human sciences. 

The contributions cover high-profile disputes on methodology, epistemology, and research practices, and the international reception of theorists that have abiding and interdisciplinary relevance, such as: Antonio Gramsci, Hannah Arendt, Karl Polanyi, Pierre Bourdieu, Michel Foucault, Edward Said and Gayatri Spivak. This important work will be a valuable resource to scholars of the history of ideas and the philosophy of the social sciences; in addition to researchers in the fields of social, cultural and literary theory.


Reception studies the linguistic turn postmodernism postcolonialism deconstruction Structuralism New Humanism Marxism Semiotics rational choice theory symbolic interactionism network analysis neo-institutionalism Antonio Gramsci Hannah Arendt Karl Polanyi Pierre Bourdieu Michel Foucault Edward Said Gayatri Spivak

Editors and affiliations

  • Gisèle Sapiro
    • 1
  • Marco Santoro
    • 2
  • Patrick Baert
    • 3
  1. 1.Centre Européen de Sociologie et de Science PolitiqueCNRS, EHESSParisFrance
  2. 2.University of BolognaBolognaItaly
  3. 3.University of CambridgeCambridgeUK

About the editors

Gisèle Sapiro is Professor of Sociology at the EHESS and Research Director at the CNRS, France.

Marco Santoro is Professor of Sociology at the University of Bologna, Italy.

Patrick Baert is Professor of Social Theory at the University of Cambridge, UK.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Ideas on the Move in the Social Sciences and Humanities
  • Book Subtitle The International Circulation of Paradigms and Theorists
  • Editors Gisèle Sapiro
    Marco Santoro
    Patrick Baert
  • Series Title Socio-Historical Studies of the Social and Human Sciences
  • Series Abbreviated Title Socio-Historical Studies of the Social and Human Sciences
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-030-35023-9
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-35026-0
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-030-35024-6
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XXVIII, 405
  • Number of Illustrations 13 b/w illustrations, 11 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Social Theory
    Literary Theory
    Cultural Theory
    Philosophy of the Social Sciences
    Sociology, general
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“The international travel of ideas gives them their distinctive shape as well as impact – and this very international examination of how ideas circulate both traces particular paths and cases and advances the project of understanding the international character of humanities and social science.” — Craig Calhoun, Professor of Social Sciences at Arizona State University, USA


“Theories travel, but who sends them on their way, in which vehicles, under what flags? Ideas on the Move provides richly inspiring answers to these compelling questions. Its detailed maps of the mobility of cultural studies and critical theory, structuralism and public economics, and its dense accounts of authorial itineraries, from Arendt and Bourdieu to Said and Spivak, exemplify some of the most creative recent work in intellectual sociology and the social history of ideas.” —David Armitage, Professor of History at Harvard University, USA


“Ideas on the Move demonstrates how some of the most influential contemporary theories and authors have been exported, transformed and used. In particular, it shows how these processes can be explained by integrating in a coherent, heuristic and transdisciplinary way hypotheses and tools elaborated by different traditions such as field theory, center-periphery framework, network analysis, comparative approach and transnational perspective.”— Anna Boschetti, Professor of French Literature, University of Venice, Italy