Karl Mannheim

Karl Mannheim was one of the most criticized social theorists of his time. Many would not even consider him a classical theorist since he never had a closed and unified theory. In 1933 he was forced out of Germany to England because of the Naziís control at the time. Mannheim was one of the key figures in the invention of the field sociology of knowledge. The sociology of knowledge is defined as "the relationship between human thoughts and the conditions of existence in general". Mannheim wanted the Sociology of knowledge to be scientific instead of philosophical.


This web site caters to students who would like to invest more time in comprehending our social structure. It also contains links that will give more background information on Karl Mannheim.


This web site is full of terms, definitions and facts concerning Karl Mannheim. It also includes his views on ideology and utopia. This site contains his ideas on the role of intellectuals in society and criteria for social change.


This web site speaks of Mannheim as a contemporary sociologist. It deals with him as a planner in sociology. This site also includes some history of Mannheim. It also looks at Mannheim at an earlier time when he was strictly a sociologist.


This web site deals with Mannheimís idea of "the sociology of knowledge". It also touches on his two kinds of "sociological ascription". This site speaks of "the sociology of knowledge as a step toward externalist history.


This web site contains a library that can be searched on line. It is in German and English. It also contains a newsletter that is updated monthly on this site.