Prof. Peter Baehr

BSocSc, PhD(Leicester); CertEd (Manchester)

Office: WYL209, Dorothy Y L Wong Building
Department of Sociology and Social Policy
Lingnan University, Tuen Mun, Hong Kong
TEL: (852) 2616 7185
FAX: (852) 2456 0737


  Chair Professor of Social Theory

Research | Top

  1. Social and political thought
  2. History of predatory regime types
  3. Political language

Publications | Top

Books and Journal Special Issues

The Anthem Companion to Hannah Arendt (co-editor, with Philip Walsh), New York: Anthem Books: 2017, pp.268.

Founders, Classics, Canons: Modern Disputes over the Origins and Appraisal of Sociology's Heritage. (Author.) Preface by Steven Lukes. Critical Appendices by William Outhwaite, Adomas Puras and Philip Walsh, New Brunswick, N.J.: Transaction, 2nd Paperback edn., 2016, pp.310.

The American Sociologist. Special Issue on Robert Nisbet and American Sociology. Guest editor and contributor, 45 (1), (March 2014), pp.112. 

Journal of Classical Sociology. Special Issue on the Thought and Legacy of Raymond Aron. Guest Editor and contributor. 11:2 (2011).

Hannah Arendt, Totalitarianism and the Social Sciences (Author), Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2010, pp.221.

Caesarism, Charisma and Fate: Historical Sources and Modern Resonances in the Work of Max Weber, New Brunswick, N.J. Transaction, 2008, pp. 243. 

Eichmann and the Holocaust. (A truncated version of Hannah Arendt's Eichmann in Jerusalem that first appeared in Peter Baehr [ed.] The Portable Hannah Arendt.)New York: Penguin, 2005, pp. 130.

Journal of Classical Sociology. Special Issue on the Centenary of Max Weber’s “Protestant Ethic”. Guest Editor. 5:1 (2005).

Dictatorship in History and Theory: Bonapartism, Caesarism, Totalitarianism (Co-editor [with Melvin Richter] and contributor), Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004, pp. 308.

The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism and Other Writings (Co-editor/translator [with Gordon C. Wells]), New York: Penguin, 2002, pp. 392.
Nominated for the Wolff (Translation) Prize, 2003

Citizenship Studies. Special Issue on Citizenship and Democracy in Hong Kong 5:2 (2001), (Editor and Contributor), pp.131.

The Portable Hannah Arendt, (Editor), New York: Penguin, 2000; 2nd ed. 2003, pp. 576 + lxii.

Caesar and The Fading of the Roman World: A Study in Republicanism and Caesarism
, (Author), New Brunswick, N.J: Transaction, 1998, pp. 359. A Choice "Outstanding Book of 1998".

Max Weber: The Russian Revolutions, (Co-editor/translator, Gordon C. Wells), Cornell University Press, 1995, pp. 287.

Current Sociology. Special Issue on Canons 42:1 (1994). (Co-author, with Mike O’Brien), pp. 126.

Articles, Book Chapters and Reviews since 2010

“Foreword” to Donald Levine, Dialogical Sociological Theory. New Brunswick, NJ.: Transaction (forthcoming 2017).

“Diversity,” (with Daniel Gordon) in The Sage Handbook of Political Sociology (eds. William Outhwaite and Stephen Turner). New York: Sage (forthcoming 2017).

“Movement, Formation, and Maintenance in the Soviet Union,” in Totalitarian Societies and Democratic Transition (eds. Tomasso Piffer and Vladimir Zubok). Budapest/New York: Central European University Press (forthcoming 2017).

Entries on “Community of Fate,” “Debunking,” “Grey Zone,” “Phobic Social Language,” and “Social Closure” in The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology, 2nd Edition (ed. George Ritzer). Oxford: Wiley (forthcoming 2017). 

“The Theory of Totalitarian Leadership,” in The Anthem Companion to Hannah Arendt (co-editor, with Philip Walsh), New York: Anthem Books: 2017, pp.221-248.

“Stalinism in Retrospect,” History and Theory, 54 (3) 2015: 353-366.

“One to Avoid, One to Engage: Unmasking and Conflict Pluralism as European Heritages,” in HA: The Journal of the Hannah Arendt Center, 3 (October) 2015: 107-120.

“British Sociology and Raymond Aron,” in Sociological Amnesia: Cross Currents in Disciplinary History (eds. Alexander Law and Eric Royal Lybeck). London: Ashgate, 2015, pp.7-36.

“American Sociology and the Limits of Partisan Expertise,” The American Sociologist, published on-line, December 2014. 

"Totalitarianism in America?  Robert Nisbet on the 'Wilson War State' and Beyond," The American Sociologist 45 (1) 2014, pp. 35-66.  

 "The Informers: Hannah Arendt’s Appraisal of Whittaker Chambers and the Ex-Communists," European Journal of Cultural and Political Sociology 45 (1), 2014, pp. 84-102. 

“Distinktioner kan åbne det fastfrosne – et interview om Hannah Arendt’s tænkning,” Interview by Martin Skovbjerg Jensen, October 2013,

"From Secularism to Reciprocity: Banning the Veil in France and Beyond," e-International Relations, (co-author Daniel Gordon), September 16, 2013,

"The Honored Outsider," Sociological Theory, 31(2) 2013, pp. 93-115.

Book Review of "Why Concepts Matter. Translating Social and Political Thought," European Legacy, 18(4), 2013, pp. 77-81.

"The Problem of 'Unmasking' in Ideology and Utopia,Sociologica: Italian Journal of Sociology On-LIne 1/2013, pp. 1-32,


"From the Headscarf to the Burqa: The Role of Social Theorists in Shaping Laws Against the Veil" (with Daniel Gordon), Economy and Society, 42 (2) 2013, pp.249 - 280.

"Unmasking and Disclosure: Contrasting Modes for Understanding Religious and Other Beliefs" (with Daniel Gordon), Journal of Sociology, 48 (4) 2012, pp. 380-396. 

"On the Edge of Solidarity," (with Daniel Gordon) Society 49 (5) 2012, pp. 457 - 467.

"Debating Totalitarianism: An Exchange of Letters between Eric Voegelin and Hannah Arendt" (with Gordon C. Wells), History and Theory (51: 3), 2012, pp.  364-380.

"L'ideologia totalitaria: interpretazioni a confronto," in Società totalitarie e transizione alla democrazia (eds.Tomasso Piffer and Vladislav Zubok.) Bologna: Il Mulino, 2011, pp. 73 - 105.

"Imagining Sociological Theory," (Review Essay) Canadian Journal of Sociology (36:2) 2011, pp. 213-218,  

"Purity and Danger in the Modern University," Society 48 (4) 2011, pp. 297-300.

"A Talk in Tehran," MercatorNet, June 2011.

"Marxism and Islamism. Intellectual Conformity in Raymond Aron's Time and Our Own," Journal of Classical Sociology (11:2), 2011, pp. 173-190.

"China the Anomaly: Hannah Arendt, Totalitarianism and the PRC," European Journal of Political Theory, (9:3), 2010, pp. 267-286.

"Leon Botstein on Hannah Arendt and Max Weber: An Interview," Max Weber Studies, (10:1), 2010, pp. 95-100.

Book review of Pierre Birnbaum, Geography of Hope: Exile, the Enlightenment, Disassimilation. Canadian Journal of Sociology 35:1, 2010, pp. 159-161.



Teaching Subjects | Top

Academic Year:  2016-2017:
1st Term: SOC3201 Classical Sociological Theory
2nd Term: CLE9005 Reading Great Social Thinkers

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