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Shanyang Zhao

In: Handbook of Social Theory

Chapter 29: Metatheorizing in Sociology

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Metatheorizing in Sociology
Metatheorizing in sociology

Metatheorizing is a common practice in the field of sociology. While sociological theorizing attempts to make sense of the social world, metatheorizing in sociology attempts to make sense of sociological theorizing. Theorizing the practice of theorizing also takes place in other academic fields, but it has been particularly prevalent in sociology. The objective of this chapter is to examine the phenomenon of metatheorizing in sociology. More specifically, the chapter looks at (1) the definition of metatheorizing, (2) the prevalence of metatheorizing and (3) the central issues of metatheorizing. It concludes with a brief discussion on the future prospects of metatheorizing in sociology.

Definition of Metatheorizing

The prefix ‘meta’ connotes ‘after’, ‘about’, and ‘beyond’, which is often used in describing ‘second order’ studies ...

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