By Ronald Blythe
Woven from the phrases of the population of a small Suffolk village within the Sixties, Akenfield is a masterpiece of twentieth-century English literature, a scrupulously saw and deeply affecting portrait of a spot and other people and a now vanished lifestyle. Ronald Blythe’s exceptional booklet increases enduring questions about the relatives among reminiscence and modernity, nature and human nature, silence and speech.
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20. Cf. R. K. Merton, "Karl Mannheim and the Sociology of Knowledge," Journal of Liberal Religion 2 (1941): 133-35; Kurt H. Wolff, "The Sociology of Knowledge: Emphasis on an Empirical Attitude," Philosophy of Science 10 (1943): 104-23; Talcott Parsons, "The Role of Ideas in Social Action," in Essays in Sociological Theory, chapter 6. 21. " Die Wissensformen, p. 21. 22. Engels, letter to Conrad Schmidt, 27 October 1890, in Marx, Selected Works, 1: 385. 20 The Sociology of Knowledge Philosophy, religion, science are particularly constrained by the preexisting stock of knowledge and belief, and are only indirectly and ultimately influenced by economic factors.
There is, rather, interaction on the basis of the economic necessity, which ultimately always asserts itself. " 25 Finally, there is an even more restricted conception of the sociological status of natural science. In one well-known passage, Marx expressly distinguishes natural science from ideological spheres. With the change of the economic foundation the entire immense superstructure is more or less rapidly transformed. In considering such transformations the distinction should always be made between the material transformation of the economic conditions of production which can be determined with the precision of natural science, and the legal, political, religious, aesthetic or philosophic-in short, ideological forms in which men become conscious of this conflict and fight it out.
Ambiguous terms to designate relations: correspondence, reflection, bound up with, in close connection with, and so on. 4. Why related? Manifest and latent functions imputed to these existentially conditioned mental productions. a. to maintain power, promote stability, orientation, exploitation, obscure actual social relationships, provide motivation, canalize behavior, divert criticism, deflect hostility, provide reassurance, control nature, coordinate social relationships, and so on. 5. When do the imputed relations of the existential base and knowledge obtain?