When philosophy met social psychology: an interpretation of "The Polish Peasant in Europe and America"

Michał Kaczmarczyk


The Polish Peasant in Europe and America is one of the foundational works of American and world sociology, famous for its innovative qualitative methodology. Its authors proposed new theoretical ideas, including a concept of social causality and a new theory of personality combining a biologistic concept of temperament with a culturalist concept of character. Interpreters of the book still disagree about the extent of each author's actual contribution to the work and about its scientific status in light of modern sociological theories. This article claims that to understand the book one has to take into account the previous intellectual trajectories of both authors. As a theoretical dialogue between representatives of two contrary approaches, the work may serve as an alternative to the supposed theoretical convergence offered two decades later by Talcott Parsons.
Author Michał Kaczmarczyk (FSS / IPSJ / DSTSRM)
Michał Kaczmarczyk,,
- Division of Sociological Theory and Social Reasearch Methodology
Journal seriesArchives Européennes de Sociologie, ISSN 0003-9756, (A 20 pkt)
Issue year2018
Pages 257-299
Publication size in sheets2.1
Keywords in EnglishWilliam Isaac Thomas, Florian Znaniecki, attitude, value, personality, behaviorism, culturalism
ASJC Classification3312 Sociology and Political Science
URL https://www.cambridge.org/core/services/aop-cambridge-core/content/view/D8A8F9181B32B1262AED2214FBAB6658/S0003975618000127a.pdf/when_philosophy_met_social_psychology.pdf
Languageen angielski
Score (nominal)20
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ScoreMinisterial score = 20.0, 28-01-2020, ArticleFromJournal
Publication indicators WoS Citations = 0; Scopus SNIP (Source Normalised Impact per Paper): 2018 = 1.431; WoS Impact Factor: 2017 = 0.962 (2) - 2017=1.161 (5)
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