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Mike Savage

In: The SAGE Handbook of Sociology

Chapter 14: Class and Stratification: Current Problems and Revival Prospects

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Class and Stratification: Current Problems and Revival Prospects
Class and stratification: Current problems and revival prospects
Introduction

Compared to other disciplines, the catholicism of sociology is striking.1 Sociologists spend relatively little time policing their boundaries and worrying about what ‘real’ sociology is (see Urry 1981; Abbott, 2001). Yet, although this openness opens up all sorts of possibilities for the subject as a kind of mobile discipline, it leads to difficulties in defining what the discipline-specific expertise of sociology actually is. What exactly do sociologists know that those in other disciplines do not? What are sociologists particularly good at? This question is not always easy for sociologists to address: its methods are not distinct to it, most of which are better entrenched in other disciplines. Documentary analysis is ...

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