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Published Work in the CASBS-Public Books Partnership

The CASBS partnership, launched and announced in fall 2019, is all about books and ghosts that reside on the Center’s hilltop campus.

In terms of books, it places a spotlight on select classics as well as recent accessions to the Center’s renowned Ralph W. Tyler Collection.* In terms of ghosts, current fellows reflect upon impactful and inspiring “Ghosts in the Study” – former fellows who occupied their offices (called studies at CASBS) at some point since the Center’s 1954-55 inaugural year.

View all installments in the partnership

Special Essays

  • Through an examination of a recent book on the virtues of "anthro-vision," CASBS director Margaret Levi and CASBS senior research scholar Roberta Katz describe the tools, mindset, and ways of thinking and practicing that "The 21st-Century Social Scientist" must employ.
  • Public Books published an edited transcript of an episode of the CASBS podcast Human Centered, "Developing AI Like Raising Kids." It features a conversation between Alison Gopnik and Ted Chiang on the profound ways that we humans care for one another, and what these practices might teach us about how we care for thinking machines.


Recent Accessions to the Tyler Collection

These take the form of author interviews.

Tyler Collection Classics

Scholars reflect upon the enduring significance and intellectual impact of a classic book in the collection. Publication anniversaries often motivate the essays.

  • Jeremy Adelson reflects on the enduring legacy of Albert Hirschman’s Exit, Voice, and Loyalty: Responses to Decline in Firms, Organizations, and States (1970). Hirschman wrote the book as a 1968-69 CASBS fellow.
  • Harvey Molotch (CASBS fellow 1999-2000) reflects on the importance of Stanley Lieberson’s A Matter of Taste: How Names, Fashions, and Culture Change (2000). Lieberson wrote the book as a 1995-96 CASBS fellow.
  • Paula Findlen (CASBS fellow 2007-08) pays tribute to Carolyn Merchant's The Death of Nature: Women, Ecology, and the Scientific Revolution (1980). Merchant wrote the book as a 1977-78 CASBS fellow.
  • Thomas Bender (CASBS fellow 2005-06) describes how Carl Schorske came to the Center to to write a "distinctive book, one that would bring together politics and culture." The result is the classic, Pulitzer Prize-winning book Fin-de-Siècle Vienna: Politics and Culture, which Schorske worked on during two stints as a CASBS fellow (1959-60, 1965-66).
  • Shane Graham offers a retrospective on David Levering Lewis's "magisterial" history of the Harlem Renaissance, "When Harlem Was In Vogue," written by Lewis during his 1980-81 CASBS fellowship year.
  • Webb Keane, a 2003-04 CASBS fellow, reappraises Marshall Sahlins's classic essay "The Original Affluent Society" -- the centerpiece of his book Stone Age Economics, on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the book's publication. Sahlins wrote parts of the book as a 1963-64 CASBS fellow.
  • Fernando Domínguez Rubio reflects on Art Worlds, initiated by Howard Becker during his 1969-70 CASBS fellowship year, on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the book's publication. It "changed forever how sociologists study art."

Ghosts in the Study

CASBS fellows discuss prominent former CASBS fellows who occupied their studies, including the intellectual impact the former fellows have had on their work or their lasting importance for the field/social science at large.

*Thousands of scholarly articles and nearly 2,000 books have been initiated, drafted, worked upon, or completed by fellows at the Center. Many are classic, foundational works that exert significant influence on academic discourse, contemporary thought, and public policy – influence that often reverberates across decades. The books reside in the Center’s Ralph W. Tyler Collection. Explore the entire Tyler collection and view recent entries.

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