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Title:Southern windmill: the life and work of Edward Webster
Author:Burawoy, MichaelISNI
Periodical:Transformation: Critical Perspectives on Southern Africa (ISSN 0258-7696)
Geographic term:South Africa
social scientists
About person:Edward Webster
Abstract:This paper suggests that, because it is a dominated sociology, Southern sociology more easily recognizes its own place in society, which sets limits and creates possibilities for sociology's participation in social transformation. Moreover, sociological imagination is no guarantee of social transformation, as C. Wright Mills (1959) implies, but this requires in addition political imagination. The expansion of Southern sociology depends on the dialectic of political and sociological imagination. This argument is made through an interrogation of the life and work of Edward Webster, one of South Africa's most distinguished sociologists, who retired in 2009 after 33 years at the University of the Witwatersrand. The author shows that the Webster windmill takes in the winds of change and turns them into a prodigious intellectual engagement. Bibliogr., notes. [ASC Leiden abstract]