Some Principal Concerns in the Shaping of Sociology

Edited by John Scott

in British Sociology Seen from Without and Within

Published by British Academy

Published in print November 2005 | ISBN: 9780197263426
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734298 | DOI:

Series: British Academy Occasional Papers

Some Principal Concerns in the Shaping of Sociology

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This chapter highlights some of the central themes that are relevant to discussions on sociology and seem to be the principal areas of concern. It examines the issues of disciplinarity, globalization, source material and the division between quality and quantity in research methods. There have been arguments that it is important to distinguish between the intellectual differentiation of scientific activities and the disciplinary divisions through which they are pursued. Nevertheless, there is a sense in which sociology can be distinguished from other social sciences. There is a general framework of ideas about social relations that may be the common concern of the social sciences but is the particular concern of sociology. This centres on the idea of what it is to talk about human ‘society’ in all its complexity.

Keywords: sociology; disciplinarity; globalization; source material; quality; quantity; research methods; social sciences; society; social relations

Chapter.  2953 words. 

Subjects: Social Research and Statistics

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