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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Karl Mannheim: Selected full-text books and articles

Essays on the Sociology of Knowledge By Karl Mannheim; Paul Kecskemeti Oxford University Press, 1952
Essays on the Sociology of Culture By Karl Mannheim; Ernest Manheim; Paul Kecskemeti Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1956
Systematic Sociology: An Introduction to the Study of Society By Karl Mannheim; J. S. Erös; W. A. C. Stewart Grove Press, 1957
Karl Mannheim, Max Weber, and the Problem of Social Rationality in Thorstein Veblen By Tilman, Rick Journal of Economic Issues, Vol. 38, No. 1, March 2004
The Intellectual as Stranger: Studies in Spokespersonship By 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 By 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 By Dick Pels Routledge, 1998
Librarian’s tip: "Mixing the Metaphors: Karl Mannheim" begins on p. 225
Philosophical Historicism and the Betrayal of First Philosophy By 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 By 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 By 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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