New Publication

Optics and the Rise of Perspective
A Study in Network Knowledge Diffusion

By Dominique Raynaud


May 2014, Hardback, 260pp
ISBN 978-1-905622-31-3, £90.00

GEMAS Studies in Social Analysis

This book is a remarkable study of the intellectual context in which perspective came to be a key part of visual representation in Western culture and science. It uses a broad spectrum of methods, ranging from the biographies of university scholars and textual concordance to cross-cultural comparison, advanced network analysis and modelling.

New Publication

Talcott Parsons and Modern Sociolgy
By Peter Hamilton with François Chazel


May 2014, 260pp
Hardback: ISBN 978-1-905622-09-2, £75.00

Paperback: ISBN 978-1-905622-29-0, £29.99
GEMAS Studies in Social Analysis

This book provides both a concise introduction to the central ideas and concepts of this “key sociologist” by Peter Hamilton and a new essay by the eminent French sociologist François Chazel on the reception of his work in Europe, where much of the reconsideration of the significance of his contribution has been centred.

Recent Publication

Axel Hägerström and Modern Social Thought
Edited by Seven Eliaeson, Patricia Mindus and Stephen P. Turner


March 2014, Hardback, 472pp
ISBN 978-1-905622-43-6, £150.00

European Studies in Social Theory

This major volume of studies of Axel Hägerström (1868–1939) presents contributions by leading international scholars to a 2011 symposium on the only Swedish philosopher of international significance for social thought. Axel Hägerström, in contrast to his contemporaries, rejected the reality of values, and then applied this rejection by reinterpreting legal theory. His influence was enormous for the school of “Scandinavian legal realism” which includes Gunnar Myrdal, Karl Olivecrona and Alf Ross, and had a formative influence upon Swedish political culture, and Scandinavian social science.

Recent Publication

A Treatise on Modern Architecture in Five Books
By George Saumarez Smith

16th September 2013, paperback, 144pp.
ISBN-13: 978-1-905622-50-4, £40.00, limited to 500 copies.

A Treatise on Modern Architecture in Five Books is in the tradition of architectural treatises of the 19th century; it is a book of drawings that provides a catalogue of the author’s designs for a wide range of buildings together with a selection of his measured drawings.


Recent Publication

Sociology as Science
An Intellectual Autobiography

By Raymond Boudon
Translated by Peter Hamilton

31st March 2013, paperback, 106pp.
ISBN: 978-1-905622-07-8
GEMAS Studies in Social Analysis

In this entertaining and insightful book, Raymond Boudon, one of France’s most eminent sociologists, draws on his personal history and intellectual career, showing how they relate to his distinctive ideas on the claim that contemporary sociology can operate as a true science. His distinctive contributions on such topics as educational and social inequality, rationality, methodological individualism, and the classical tradition in sociology have been influential. Boudon’s perspective moves beyond narrow, parochial and obscure concerns to the broader issues of how best to explain and understand society.

Recent Publication

Sociological Reasoning
A Non-Popperian Space of Argumentation

By Jean-Claude Passeron
Edited and Introduced by Derek Robbins
Translated by Rachel Gomme


March 2013, Hardback, 618pp
ISBN 978-1-905622-44-3, £95.00

European Studies in Social Theory

Do the social sciences provide universally valid explanations of human behaviour in society? Passeron thinks not. However, this doesn’t mean that social scientists can only represent the diverse narratives of ordinary people. Passeron argues vigorously that Sociological reasoning enables us, within a historical continuum, to analyse the dialectic between context and individual intention, the general and the particular. This is what defines the social sciences as ‘in-between’ sciences.

Other Forthcoming Publications

Darwin in France: Contributions to a Theory of Cognitive Sociology
By Dominique Guillo
GEMAS Studies in Social Analysis Series

Spring 2014, £TBC, hardback, ISBN 978-1-905622-34-4

The Order of Progress
By Bernd Weiler
Translated by Hella Beister

European Studies in Social Theory

Spring 2014, £TBC, hardback, ISBN 978-1-905622-47-4

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