In this Book

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It is impossible to separate the content of a book from its form. In this study, Filipe Carreira da Silva and Mónica Brito Vieira expand our understanding of the history of social and political scholarship by examining how the entirety of a book mediates and constitutes meaning in ways that affect its substance, appropriation, and reception over time.

Examining the evolving form of classic works of social and political thought, including W. E. B. Du Bois’s The Souls of Black Folk, G. H. Mead’s Mind, Self, and Society, and Karl Marx’s 1844 Economic and Philosophic Manuscripts, Carreira da Silva and Brito Vieira show that making these books involved many hands. They explore what publishers, editors, translators, and commentators accomplish by offering the reading public new versions of the works under consideration, examine debates about the intended meaning of the works and discussions over their present relevance, and elucidate the various ways in which content and material form are interwoven. In doing so, Carreira da Silva and Brito Vieira characterize the editorial process as a meaning-producing action involving both collaboration and an ongoing battle for the importance of the book form to a work’s disciplinary belonging, ideological positioning, and political significance

Theoretically sophisticated and thoroughly researched, The Politics of the Book radically changes our understanding of what doing social and political theory—and its history—implies. It will be welcomed by scholars of book history, the history of social and political thought, and social and political theory.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication, Epigraph
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-xii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-16
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  1. Elementary Forms and the Cultural Durkheim
  2. pp. 17-42
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  1. A Classic with No Author: G. H. Mead’s Mind, Self, and Society
  2. pp. 43-61
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  1. The Dialectic of Dissent: Marx’s 1844 Economic and Philosophic Manuscripts
  2. pp. 62-96
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  1. When Souls Came to Matter: The Many Lives of Du Bois’s The Souls of Black Folk
  2. pp. 97-134
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  1. A Work in Translation: Weber’s The Protestant Ethic
  2. pp. 135-156
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  1. Prophets and Princes: On the Editing and Translation of Tocqueville’s Democracy in America
  2. pp. 157-200
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  1. Conclusion
  2. pp. 201-206
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 207-222
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  1. References
  2. pp. 223-250
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 251-260
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780271083919
Related ISBN
9780271083421
MARC Record
OCLC
1100588579
Pages
272
Launched on MUSE
2019-05-13
Language
English
Open Access
No
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