By Judith Burnett, Syd Jeffers, Graham Thomas

ISBN-10: 0230575986

ISBN-13: 9780230575981

Providing a clean method of new explorations of the reconfigurations of sociological proposal, this e-book presents a mixture of literature evaluate, unique idea and autobiographical fabric with a view to comprehend formations of sociological wisdom.

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Stephen Austin: Hertford Durkheim, E. (1895) The Rules of the Sociological Method. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 1982. López, J. and Scott, J. (2000) Social Structure. Buckingham: Open University Press. Sayer, A. T. and others (eds) For Sociology, Durham: Sociologypress. Scott, J. (2005a) ‘Fallacies in the Critique of Disciplinary Sociology’, Sociological Research Online 10(3). Scott, J. (2005b) ‘Sociology and Its Others: Reflections on Disciplinary Specialisation and Fragmentation’, Sociological Research Online 10(1).

The natural sciences sought to discover and demonstrate order and causal connectedness in nature. The aspiration to assert control of nature, to liberate human beings from the constraints of nature by means of the advance of human knowledge through science was part of this project. There were thus very often close links between the ‘pure sciences’ and technologies. Sometimes what we 38 Michael Rustin can call technologies provided the ‘source analogues’ (Harré, 1986) for the sciences, rather than in the conventionally assumed pattern of pure science finding its later technological application.

Such a theory encompasses not only the concerns currently taken up in sociological specialisms but also the central disciplinary concerns of other social scientists. It is for this reason that it is more plausible to describe it as ‘social theory’, rather than simply as ‘sociological theory’. Sociology and the Sociological Imagination 29 Sociology is the science of the social. Its theories concern the social world as a whole and not merely those things that happen to interest empirical sociologists now.

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