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David E. Apter

In: The SAGE Handbook of Sociology

Chapter 6: Comparative Sociology: Some Paradigms and their Moments

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Comparative Sociology: Some Paradigms and their Moments
Comparative sociology: Some paradigms and their moments
Introduction

In the not-so-distant past, comparative sociology was considerably more central in the general field of sociology than it is today. The present discussion will review several periods of its more ample prosperity, suggest reasons for the decline and indicate briefly possible future trends. While it appears unlikely that comparative sociology will be restored to the privileged place it held in the past, it remains important not only because of the pivotal role it played in shaping general sociological inquiry, but because to a considerable extent sociology today continues to rework earlier themes. That said, these remarks are not intended as a catalog or survey of comparative research nor a who's who' of ...

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