Toward an American Sociology: Questioning the European Construct (Google eBook)

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Greenwood Publishing Group, Jan 1, 1997 - Social Science - 204 pages
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The theories behind contemporary sociology were imported from Europe and first taught in American colleges in the late 1880s. Rooted in the soil of late feudal society, the received theories of current academic sociology simply cannot flourish in the democratic environment of modern America. This volume represents the author's effort to rethink the way sociologists approach both their discipline and the study of society and culture in the United States. The end product of this exercise is a distinctly American sociology.
  

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Contents

A New Sociology Needed
1
The Hold of Feudalism Upon Modern Sociology
19
The Structure of Sociological Revolutions
23
The Lingering Influence of Greece
37
European Outposts Versus Indigenous Sociology
41
Weber Some Unanswered Questions
49
Questioning Durkheim
55
Contradictions in Mertons Anomie and Science Models
61
Modernism and Postmodernism in Sociology
107
Technicism Conservatism and the Curriculum The Loser Sociology
113
Dethroning the Old Gods
121
Vernacular Sociology
131
European Sociology in the American Context
139
The Decline of Victorianism A Walk Through the Century
149
TwentyFirst Century Sociology
163
Sociography A Final Thought
171

Collapse of the Old Sociology
69
Americanizing Sociology
75
Eastern Rites Sociology
87
Natural Old Sociology and Poststructuralism
93
The Continuity of Paradigms
101

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