This paper has three objectives. First, to explore the different meanings that the polysemic term ‘strategy’ can hold in relation to intellectuals. In the process, we showcase both this concept’s potential theoretical yield and its capacity to bridge the ‘performative’ and event-oriented study of intellectuals more common in English-speaking sociology with longue-durée career-oriented analyses more associated with French sociology. Second, to reassess some of the main contributions to the sociology of intellectuals by reference to this notion of ´strategy´, especially concerning issues of political allegiance and group membership. The final objective is to illustrate the potential of this approach in empirical work on intellectual engagement and introduce the papers that comprise the Special Section.
- public intellectuals
- sociology of intellectuals