Shils, Edward (1910–95)

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Atomic bomb, Authoritarian personality, Center and periphery, Charisma, Consensus, Frank Knight, India, Intellectuals, Karl Mannheim, Military sociology, New nations, Primary groups, Sociology of knowledge, Talcott Parsons, Tradition, Wehrmacht

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Edward Shils was a prominent American sociologist and social theorist who spent much of his career in Britain. He was the translator of Karl Mannheim and collaborator with Talcott Parsons. His own social theory concentrated on the relation of primary groups and intellectuals to the center of society, which he conceived of in terms of its charismatic character. Unlike Parsons, he was especially concerned with the conflicts between the social attachments of people, and especially with those involving the transcendental. These conflicts were the basis of his account of intellectuals and their response to their own society.

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Shils, Edward (1910–95), in J. D. Wright (Ed.), International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences (2nd Ed.), Elsevier, p. 884-888