Iván Szelényi

Iván Szelényi
scientific advisor

E-mail: tarki@tarki.hu
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Szelényi Iván


Iván Szelényi is William Graham Sumner Emeritus Professor of Sociology and Political Science, Yale University; Max Weber Professor of Social Sciences and Foundation Dean of Social Sciences at NYU Abu Dhabi. He is a Fellow of American Academy of Arts and Sciences and an ordinary member of the Hungarian National Academy of Sciences. He holds honorary degrees from Corvinus University, Budapest, Flinders University of South Australia, Friedrich-Alexander Universitaet, Erlangen-Nürnberg, European University Institute, Florence and the Central European University, Budapest. He is former President of the Hungarian Sociological Association and former Vice-President of the American Sociological Association. He is recipient of the Luckmann Distinguished Teaching award from UCLA and the Széchenyi Prize, granted by the President of the Hungarian Republic. He is author/co-author of The Intellectuals on the Road the Class Power (1979), Urban Inequalities under State Socialism (1983), Socialist Entrepreneurs (1988), Making Capitalism without Capitalists (1998) and Patterns of Exclusion (2006).

Selected Publications

Authored books

Patterns of Exclusion (with Janos Ladanyi): Columbia University Press, 2006

Theories of the New Class – Intellectuals and Power (with Larry King) Minnesota University Press, 2004

Making Capitalism without Capitalists (With Gil Eyal and Eleanor Townsley. London: VERSO, 1998.

Socialist Entrepreneurs. Embourgeoisement in Rural Hungary. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press and Cambridge: Polity Press, 1988 (With Robert Manchin, Pál Juhász, Bálint Magyar and Bill Martin)

Urban Inequalities under State Socialism. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1983. The Intellectuals on the Road to Class Power. (With G. Konrad) New York: Harcourt, Brace and Jovanovich, 1979.


The New Capitalism of Eastern Europe: Towards a Comparative Political Economy of Post-communism (with Larry King) in Neil Smelser and Richard Swedberg (eds): Handbook of Economic Sociology. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2005

On Irony  an Invitation to Neo-classical Sociology (with Gil Eyal and Eleanor Townsley), In English in Thesis Eleven, 2003, May, No. 73: 5-41 The Utopia of Post-Socialist Theory and the Ironic View of History of Neo-classical Sociology.” American Journal of Sociology, 2001, Volume 196, No. 4: 1121-1128
“The market transition debate: toward a synthesis? (With Eric Kostello), American Journal of Sociology, January 1996, Vol.101, No.4, January, pp.1082-1096

"Interests and symbols in post-communist political culture: the case of Hungary" (With Szonja Szelenyi and Winifried R. Poster), American Sociological Review, 1996, Vol.61, No.3, June, pp.466-477

"The socialist economic system" (With Kathy Beckett and Larry King), in Neil Smelser and Richard Swedberg (eds): Handbook of Economic Sociology. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1994

"Eastern Europe in an epoch of crisis - towards a socialist mixed economy?" In Victor Nee and David Stark (eds): Remaking the Economic Institutions of Socialism, Stanford University Press, 1989, pp. 208-232

"The intelligentsia in the class structure of state socialist societies", in M. Burawoy and T. Skocpol (eds): Marxist Inquiries Studies of Labor, Class and States. American Journal of Sociology, Vol, 88. Supplement 1982, pp. 287-326

"Social inequalities in state socialist redistributive economies dilemma for social policy in contemporary socialist societies of Eastern Europe", in International Journal of Comparative Sociology, 1978, No.1 2, pp. 63-87.

"Primary group structures and their functions kin, neighbors and friends." (With E. Litwak), in American Sociological Review, August 1969.

Iván Szelényi and Péter Mihályi:
Market transition and beyond Paper presented at the conference
commemorating the 40th anniversary of launching the Chinese reforms
and the 30th anniversary of the publication of the path-breaking paper
by Victor Nee "Market transition theory". 

Beijing, August 27-28, 2019