Robert K. Merton: Sociology of Science and Sociology as Science (A Columbia / SSRC Book)

Robert K. Merton: Sociology of Science and Sociology as Science (A Columbia / SSRC Book)


Robert okay. Merton (1910-2003) used to be some of the most influential sociologists of the 20th century, generating transparent theories and cutting edge learn that proceed to form a number of disciplines. Merton's succeed in could be felt within the research of social constitution, social psychology, deviance, professions, enterprises, tradition, and technological know-how. but for all his repute, Merton is barely partly understood. he's handled by means of students as a practical analyst, while truthfully his contributions go beyond paradigm.

Gathering jointly twelve significant sociologists, Craig Calhoun launches an intensive reconsideration of Merton's achievements and conjures up a renewed engagement with sociological thought. Merton's paintings addressed the demanding situations of integrating learn and idea. It attached varied fields of empirical examine and spoke to the significance of overcoming divisions among allegedly natural and utilized sociology. Merton additionally sought to combine sociology with the institutional research of technological know-how, every one informing the opposite. through bringing jointly diverse facets of his paintings in a single quantity, Calhoun illuminates the interdisciplinary—and unifying—dimensions of Merton's method, whereas additionally advancing the highbrow schedule of an more and more important zone of study.

Contributors: Aaron L. Panofsky, collage of California; Alan Sica, Pennsylvania nation collage; Alejandro Portes, Princeton college; Charles Camic, Northwestern collage; Charles Tilly, Columbia collage; Craig Calhoun, Social technology examine Council and ny college; Cynthia Fuchs Epstein, urban college of latest York; Harriet Zuckerman, Mellon starting place; Peter Simonson, college of Colorado; Ragnvald Kalleberg, collage of Oslo; Robert J. Sampson, Harvard college; Thomas F. Gieryn, Indiana college; Viviana A. Zelizer, Princeton University

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