On the Political Sociology of Intellectuals: George Orwell and the London Left Intelligentsia of the 1930s by John Rodden
Source: The Canadian Journal of Sociology / Cahiers canadiens de sociologie, Vol. 15, No. 3(Summer, 1990), pp. 251-273
Published by: Canadian Journal of SociologyStable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3(Summer, 1990), pp. 251-273
Abstract. Given frequent observations about the "intellectual backwardness" of the sociology of intellectuals, it proves helpful to broach the conceptual issues of the field through the example of one
intellectual and his milieu.The case of George Orwell and the London Left intelligentsia of the 1930s discloses how the dynamics of intellectuals' political affiliation are much more complicated than the
major theoretical paradigms have allowed. Ultimately it also suggests how the historical sociology of individuals can enrich political sociology generally.
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