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`This is a wide-ranging and authoritative analysis of sociology's 'state-of-the-art'. It will set the terms of debate for the next decade' - John Urry, Lancaster University, U.K.`The profession of sociology was blessed by abundance of excellent handbooks. The one edited by Craig Calhoun, Christ Rojek and Bryan Turner was preceded by outstanding sociology handbooks, the most eminent ones by Robert Farris and E Lee published in 1964 and a more recent one by Neil Smelser in1988. The volume by Farris and Lee not only served as an introductory text to the discipline, but contained many innovative papers, which re-oriented social research for years to come. Smelser brought together the best possible and most polished overview of the contributions professional sociology at his time. The Calhoun-Rojek-Turner ...

The Diversity and Insularity of Sociological Traditions
The diversity and insularity of sociological traditions
The Importance of Traditions

Sociologists should make the choices at each of the stages of a research or writing project – conceptual approach, methodology, presentational style, etc. – in terms of what is most appropriate for that particular topic. However, almost inevitably, sociologists are strongly, albeit often unconsciously, intellectually influenced at each point in their projects by received or developing traditions, paradigms, lines of thought, and socially influenced by the ‘social embedding’ of such cognitive structures in ‘schools’, ‘theory-groups’, ‘research networks’ and other forms of intellectual social organization. Such influences and pre-structurings of approaches are, more often than not, complex rather than simple, with different sociological traditions influencing different aspects of the project, ...

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