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Monographic Sociology of Dimitrie Gusti

Social Science and Reform


Gabriela Georgevici

This book highlights an important moment in the history of Romanian sociology: The idea of getting involved in the knowledge and construction of social life as well as the virtues of the sociologic monograph method that were promoted by the Bucharest Sociologic School and the Banat-Crişana Social Institute. This work now forwards an analysis of Dimitrie Gusti’s original sociologic thinking system, a theoretic model underlying the monographic campaigns conducted by multidisciplinary teams. Rural studies were the central axis of the Bucharest Sociologic School. An important innovation of Dimitrie Gusti’s School is examined: the launching of social work through the Superior School for Social Work and Assistance Princess Ileana, founded in Bucharest in 1929. A detailed presentation of the monographs conducted by the Bucharest School and the Banat-Crişana Social Institute with their specific characteristics is given, bearing the mark of sociologist Dimitrie Gusti and other remarkable personalities of the Romanian inter-war scientific elite.


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The work “Monographic Sociology of Dimitrie Gusti. Social Science and Reform” aims at bringing back to the specialists’ attention an important moment of the history of Romanian sociology, which is still highly relevant, both as regards the idea promoted by the Bucharest Sociologic School and the Banat- al Institute, and as regards the virtues of the method of sociologic monograph. The first part is dedicated to the synthetic presentation of the Bucharest Sociologic School, focused on the science and reform programme. The analysis of the significance of the “Bucharest Sociologic School” paradigm constitutes the fundamental construction of the work, starting from what Professor Dimitrie Gusti understood by sociologic monograph – synthesis in time and space of a corner of the earth, which, beyond the philosophic perspective, challenges us to attempt a tri-dimensional comprehension in time, as global view meant to correlate traditions of the past with the present reality, but also with the opportunities of the future. On the basis of an ample documentation from the most diverse sources, the book forwards a detailed presentation of the monographs conducted by the Bucharest School, with their specific characteristics, of Professor Dimitrie Gusti and the other remarkable personalities of the Romanian scientific elite in the inter-war period, animated by the desire to know and act for the modernisation of the social realities and the life of Romanians. The work presents the stages completed in the vast process of building the “social science and reform”, starting with the Yassy seminar of sociology, continuing with...

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