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A H Halsey and W G Runciman

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780197263426

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197263426.001.0001

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Some Principal Concerns in the Shaping of Sociology

Some Principal Concerns in the Shaping of Sociology

(p.136) 11. Some Principal Concerns in the Shaping of Sociology
British Sociology Seen from Without and Within
John Scott
British Academy

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

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