Karl Mannheim

Karl Mannheim (män´hīm), 1893–1947, Austro-Hungarian sociologist and historian, born and educated in Hungary. He taught at Heidelberg and Frankfurt and, from 1933 to his death, at the Univ. of London. In his historical writings he emphasized the role of social values. Mannheim was influenced by—but critical of—Karl Marx. His best-known work is Ideology and Utopia (1929, tr. 1936), but his essays were influential in developing the field of the sociology of knowledge, which studies how ideas should be analyzed in their social context.

See studies by F. W. Rempel (1965) and J. J. P. Maquet (1951, repr. 1973).

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Ideology and Utopia: An Introduction to the Sociology of Knowledge
Karl Mannheim.
Routlage & Kegan Paul, 1936
Essays on the Sociology of Knowledge
Karl Mannheim; Paul Kecskemeti.
Oxford University Press, 1952
Essays on the Sociology of Culture
Karl Mannheim; Ernest Manheim; Paul Kecskemeti.
Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1956
Systematic Sociology: An Introduction to the Study of Society
Karl Mannheim; J. S. Erös; W. A. C. Stewart.
Grove Press, 1957
Diagnosis of Our Time: Wartime Essays of a Sociologist
Karl Mannheim.
K. Paul, Trench, Trubner, 1943
Karl Mannheim, Max Weber, and the Problem of Social Rationality in Thorstein Veblen
Tilman, Rick.
Journal of Economic Issues, Vol. 38, No. 1, March 2004
The Intellectual as Stranger: Studies in Spokespersonship
Dick Pels.
Routledge, 2000
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 4 "Missionary Sociology between Left and Right: Karl Mannheim and the Right-Wing Challenge"
Critical Theory and the Sociology of Knowledge: A Comparative Study in the Theory of Ideology
Leon Bailey.
Peter Lang, 1996
Librarian’s tip: Chap. Two "The Origins and Development of Karl Mannheim's Sociology of Knowledge"
Property and Power in Social Theory: A Study in Intellectual Rivalry
Dick Pels.
Routledge, 1998
Librarian’s tip: "Mixing the Metaphors: Karl Mannheim" begins on p. 225
Philosophical Historicism and the Betrayal of First Philosophy
Carl Page.
Pennsylvania State University Press, 1995
Librarian’s tip: "Ideas as Cultural Phenomena: Karl Mannheim" begins on p. 30
The Vocation of Reason: Studies in Critical Theory and Social Science in the Age of Max Weber
H. T. Wilson; Thomas M. Kemple.
Brill, 2004
Librarian’s tip: "Mannheim on the Functional Rationalization of (Substantial) Reason" begins on p. 133"
Key Problems of Sociological Theory
John Rex.
Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1961
Librarian’s tip: "Mannheim and Myrdal on the Problem of Objectivity in Sociology" begins on p. 160
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