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. 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

Bibliographic information

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  • 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
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-35023-9
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-35024-6
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