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National Traditions in Sociology

National Traditions in Sociology

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Volume: 36
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Sociology (General)

July 1989 | 256 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
The history of sociology -- outside of accounts of the thought and influence of such founding figures as Marx, Durkheim and Weber -- remains relatively little examined. With an increasing emphasis on the globalization of research and knowledge, there is a growing need for scholars to understand the context of disciplinary development in other countries.

In this book an international team of authors consider the nature of sociology and its development in a range of countries. Concentrating on the period since 1945, they show how the intellectual and institutional history of sociology has varied widely. Key differences in the nature of sociology -- the stress on quantitative methods in American sociology, the growing influence of social philosophy on British and other Western European works, and the specific features of the discipline in the socialist and in the developing countries -- are exposed and assessed. The book will be essential reading for scholars in the history and theory of sociology and for all those interested in the comparative understanding of social scientific research.

Nikolai Genov
National Sociological Traditions and Internationalization of Sociology
Diane Austin-Broos
Australian Sociology and Its Historical Environment
David Millett
Canadian Sociology on the World Scene
Gonzalo Catano and Gabriel Restrepo
The Development of Sociology in Columbia
Alain Drouard
The Development of Sociology in France after 1945
Rudi Weidig
Sociology in the German Democratic Republic
Johannes Weiss
Sociology in the Federal Republic of Germany
Kalman Kulcsar
Tradition, Modernization, and Sociology (The Case of Hungary)
Ramkrishna Mukherjee
Indian Sociology or Sociology in India?
Akinsola Akiwowo
Building National Sociological Tradition in an African Subregion
Vilen Ivanov and Gennadi Osipov
Traditions and Specific Features of Sociology in the USSR
Martin Albrow
Sociology in Britain after World War II
Jonathan H Turner
American Sociology
Its Growth and Contemporary Profile


`these essays, well written and carefully documented are both interesting and intriguing.... Offers a a marvelous opportunity to discover how one's colleagues in other countries approach sociology.' - Choice

`Each essay in the book exposes the reader to the specific flavour of sociology practised in one or another state society, what the book achieves as a whole goes far beyond the intents of particular pieces. First, the book unfolds that sociology as a discipline shares a set of concepts, theories and methodologies irrespective of the character of the locale in which it is practised. Second, the book helps one, to identify the pre-requisities which fosters sociology as a creative discipline - cultural pluralism, political freedom and committment to analyze the problems of one's society' - Sociological Bulletin

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ISBN: 9780803981973