The impossible science

an institutional analysis of American sociology
Author: Stephen P. Turner,Jonathan H. Turner
Publisher: Sage Publications, Inc
Category: Social Science
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What accounts for American sociology's diversity, its broad and eclectic research agenda, its lack of unifying paradigms, and its overall weakness as an institutional force in both academia and the policy arena? Stephen Park Turner and Jonathan H. Turner critically examine the discipline, tracing its historical roots back to the Civil War. In their comprehensive analysis, the authors point out the "accidents" in the history of the discipline and the role of political decisions and strategies in shaping it: particularly the attempts to reform sociology, and the equivocal, often contradictory missions that these reforms have prescribed for sociologists. They highlight the variable nature of the human, financial, and intellectual resources available to the profession and show how fundamentally this has affected the fashions and factionalism of sociology. Finally, Turner and Turner explore the current state of the discipline, based on this history, and reflect on the future of sociology. The Impossible Science is a radical revision of the conventional history of American sociology. It rejects both "triumphalism" and the "successful institutionalization" model, as well as the conventional "Chicago-centered" image of its early history. They show the extent to which the choices of the discipline today are limited, and the systematic reasons behind the failure of past disciplinary reforms. This controversial and pessimistic appraisal deserves immediate attention from all professionals and all upper-division students in the field. "In fewer than 200 pages of text Turner and Turner have produced a remarkably fair and evenhanded account of the development of American sociology. . . . The Impossible Science is well worth the attention of readers of this journal."

Gesellschaftsbild und soziologische Theorie

Talcott Parsons' Funktionalismus im Kontext der gesellschaftlichen Entwicklung der USA in den 1950er und 1960er Jahren
Author: Tanja Kohlpoth
Publisher: kassel university press GmbH
ISBN: 389958287X
Category: Functionalism (Social sciences)
Page: 401
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The Possibilities of Society

Wordsworth, Coleridge, and the Sociological Viewpoint of English Romanticism
Author: Regina Hewitt
Publisher: SUNY Press
ISBN: 9780791434192
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 231
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Approaches English Romanticism through sociological theory, arguing that Wordsworth and Coleridge tested hypotheses about social organization and action in their poetry. Offers a timely reevaluation of the Romantic poets as socially engaged thinkers.

Contemporary Sociological Theory

An Integrated Multi-Level Approach
Author: Doyle Paul Johnson
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 0387765212
Category: Social Science
Page: 630
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This volume is designed as a basic text for upper level and graduate courses in contemporary sociological theory. Most sociology programs require their majors to take at least one course in sociological theory, sometimes two. A typical breakdown is between classical and contemporary theory. Theory is perhaps one of the bro- est areas of sociological inquiry and serves as a foundation or framework for more specialized study in specific substantive areas of the field. In addition, the study of sociological theory can readily be related to various aspects of other social science disciplines as well. From the very beginning sociology has been characterized by alternative theoretical perspectives. Classical theory includes the European founding figures of the dis- pline whose works were produced during the later half of the nineteenth century and the first couple of decades of the twentieth century plus early American th- rists. For most of the second half of the twentieth century, a fairly high consensus has developed among American sociologists regarding these major founders, p- ticularly with regard to the works of Durkheim and Weber in analyzing the overall society and of Simmel in analyzing social interaction processes. Since the late 1960s and early 1970s the influence of Marx has also been recognized. Recent decades have also witnessed an increased emphasis on the important contributions of several pioneering feminist perspectives in the early years of sociology.


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America, History and Life

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Publisher: N.A
Category: Canada
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Article abstracts and citations of reviews and dissertations covering the United States and Canada.

Journal of the American Society for Information Science

Author: American Society for Information Science
Publisher: N.A
Category: Documentation
Page: N.A
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This journal serves as a forum for new research in information transfer and communication processes in general, and in the context of recorded knowledge in particular. Concerns include the generation, recording, distribution, storage, representation, retrieval, and dissemination of information, as well as its social impact and management of information agencies.

The Basics of Social Research

Author: Earl R. Babbie
Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing Company
Category: Social sciences
Page: 519
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Accompanying CD-ROM contains step-by-step guidance that keeps you on track as you write your research reports.

Leisure Research in Europe

Methods and Traditions
Author: Hans Mommaas
Publisher: CABI Publishing
Category: Social Science
Page: 296
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There is a growing interest in comparative research in leisure studies and in cross-national ways of undertaking such research. In Europe in particular, it is recognized that the different academic and disciplinary traditions within which leisure research has been generated provide a fertile ground for analysis. The strengths and weaknesses of particular national traditions and schools of thought, their methodologies and their historical developments, provide the key focus of this book. By recognizing the historically nation-state bound nature of social analysis in this field, the book seeks to provide a platform for analysis which goes beyond such bounds in examining the global-local relations which are so evident in contemporary leisure. It includes six chapters on individual countries - UK, Netherlands, France, Belgium, Spain and Poland - as well as one on cross-national contacts and comparisons, plus introductory and concluding chapters

La signature scientifique

Une sociologie pragmatique de l'attribution
Author: David Pontille
Publisher: CNRS
Category: Science
Page: 200
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La science apparaît généralement comme issue d'esprits solitaires et géniaux qui ont façonné leur époque. Cette représentation laisse cependant dans l'ombre le travail collectif qui soutient l'entreprise de production des connaissances. En suivant les chercheurs de plusieurs disciplines dans leurs activités concrètes, David Pontille étudie avec minutie les négociations, les tensions et les justifications dont la signature des publications scientifiques est l'objet. Dans un contexte où la science est une entreprise de plus en plus collective - il n'est pas rare que des articles arborent une centaine de noms -, l'ensemble des participants doit s'accorder pour décider qui signe. Mais signer ne suffit pas toujours. La place occupée par chacun dans la liste des noms revêt elle-même une importance capitale : elle doit en effet refléter le travail exécuté et les compétences personnelles mises en œuvre dans le projet collectif. Enjeu de prestige, la signature est simultanément le lieu d'expression d'un sens de la justice : l'ordre des signatures est tenu de garantir les " bonnes " attributions. Ce parcours dans l'activité scientifique fait apparaître la signature dans son épaisseur pragmatique, comme une pratique où se conjuguent valeurs morales, représentations du travail et formes de l'action en collectif. À coté de l'article qu'elle accompagne et au-delà du contenu scientifique véhiculé, la liste des signatures en science raconte elle aussi une histoire : chaque générique de noms garde les traces et dit à sa manière les modes d'organisation du travail qui sont au fondement de l'économie moderne des connaissances.


Author: Taehan Minʼguk Kukhoe Tosŏgwan,大韓民國國會圖書館・
Publisher: N.A
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Soziologische Abenteuer

Earle Edward Eubank besucht europäische Soziologen im Sommer 1934
Author: N.A
Publisher: Springer-Verlag
ISBN: 3322943461
Category: Education
Page: 195
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"Selten las sich Soziologiegeschichte so vergnüglich: Kaeslers Bändchen erlaubt den Blick auf soziologische Eßtische im Sommer 1934(...)." KZfSS 3/1986

Erving Goffman - "Interaction order"

Author: Markus Mikikis
Publisher: GRIN Verlag
ISBN: 3638654885
Page: 72
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Studienarbeit aus dem Jahr 2005 im Fachbereich Soziologie - Klassiker und Theorierichtungen, Note: 1,3, Rheinisch-Westfalische Technische Hochschule Aachen (Institut fur Soziologie), 4 Quellen im Literaturverzeichnis, Sprache: Deutsch, Anmerkungen: -, Abstract: Erving Goffman gehort heute zu den popularsten und meist gelesenen Soziologen unserer Zeit. Seine Bucher wurden in zahlreiche Sprachen ubersetzt, und mehrfach mit Preisen ausgezeichnet (vgl. Hettlage/Lenz 1991:25). Goffmans Interesse galt nicht dem Entwurf einer umfassenden makrosoziologischen Theorie, sondern vielmehr dem kleinraumigen Bereich der face-to-face-Interaktion, und somit dem Mikrokosmos (vgl. Hettlage/Lenz 1991:8-9). Nicht zuletzt ging es ihm um die Etablierung des Themas face-to-face-Interaktion als einen eigenstandigen Forschungsgegenstand. Dennoch wird Goffman aus der Perspektive des soziologischen Wissenschaftsbetriebs auch heute noch haufig als Aussenseiter wahrgenommen, dessen gesamtes Forschungsprogramm und einzelnen Konzepte als kaum einheitlich und perspektivenreich betrachtet werden, und der den Zugang zu den Makro-Perspektiven seines Faches nie gefunden habe (vgl. Hettlage/Lenz 1991:9). Neben der Darstellung seines Forschungsprogramms mochte ich untersuchen, ob diese Einschatzung zutreffend ist, oder sein Beitrag fur die Entwicklung der Soziologie unterschatzt wird, was auf zahlreiche merkwurdige Details und Beispiele in seinen Werken, eines zu guten Stils" (Hettlage/Lenz 1991:9), stark variierenden Begriffsverwendungen und der Person Goffman an sich zuruck zu fuhren sein konnte. Zunachst werde ich die grundlegenden Lebensdaten Goffmans darstellen. Dann mochte ich einen ersten Einblick in Goffmans Forschungsprogramm ermoglichen, indem ich eine Ubersicht uber die wesentlichen Inhalte erstelle. Eine Beschreibung seiner wissenschaftlichen Vorgehensweise wird nutzlich sein, um die erwahnten Details und Beispiele, im Rahmen der Untersuchung von face-to-face-Interaktionen, als zweck