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Sociology: Fragmentation or reinvigorated synthesis?

Walby, S. ORCID: 0000-0002-9696-6947 (2021). Sociology: Fragmentation or reinvigorated synthesis?. Journal of Classical Sociology, 21(3-4), pp. 323-333. doi: 10.1177/1468795x211042969


Does the discipline of Sociology need to be defended from fragmentation by the mobilisation of a canon derived from its classical legacy? The paper provides an exposition of the arguments of Turner, Susen and O’Neill concerning fragmentation of Sociology as a discipline. It investigates whether there is fragmentation or reinvigorated synthesis in three examples: inequality beyond class, posthumanism and postmodernism. It draws on a reading of contemporary theoretical developments in Sociology. It concludes that the classical legacy is important and that engagement with external forces has reinvigorated rather than fragmented the discipline.

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Publisher Keywords: Classics, discipline, fragmentation, impact, REF, sociology, synthesis
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Departments: School of Policy & Global Affairs > Sociology & Criminology
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