The Concept of Closure in the English-speaking and the Hungarian sociology

The aim of this paper is to provide insight into the different meanings of the concept of closure developed in Anglo-Saxon sociology as well as to present the attempts of Hungarian adaptation of the concept and to reflect on the difficulties of translation in connection with the Hungarian translation of the study ’Market closure and the conflict theory of professions’ by Randall Collins published in this journal. For this purpose, first it points out that Max Weber’s concept of Schließung has undergone significant changes during the writing of the Economy and Society and then briefly outlines the contemporary context of so-called neo-Weberian closure theory and its relationship to the original concept of Weber. This paper focuses on the enrichment of the meaning of the central concept (closure) based on the works of Frank Parkin and Raymond Murphy. It scrutinize the survival and central importance of this concept in the neo-Weberian approach of professions and professionalization. Finally, it overviews the Hungarian reception and summarizes the arguments for the new Hungarian translation in short.

Released: Replika 119–120, 55–66.
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