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Social Mindscapes: An Invitation to Cognitive Sociology

Why do we eat sardines, but never goldfish; ducks, but never parrots? Why does adding cheese make a hamburger a “cheeseburger” whereas adding ketchup does not make it a “ketchup burger”? By the same token, how do we determine which … Continue reading

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Perspectives on the Future of the Sociology of Aging

Along with economic changes, the social context within which older individuals and families function is also changing, affecting, among other things, the nature of certain types of social relationships and institutions that provide part of the support infrastructure available to … Continue reading

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Sociology in the Age of the Internet

In recent years there has been a large and diverse body of writing from scholars in the social sciences who have been studying changes brought about by new communication technologies in general and the Internet in particular. The question of … Continue reading

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The Sociology of Social Inclusion

This article looks at social inclusion from a sociological perspective. It argues that sociology complements biological and other natural order explanations of social stratification. The article interrogates a variety of forms of social integration, including ostracism within 5th century B.C. … Continue reading

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From Organizational Learning to Practice-Based Knowing

Different streams of research, traversing the boundaries of scientific discipline, are converging on an understanding (and a methodology) based on a pragmatic theory of knowing that reframes traditional research into organizational learning. Practice is the figure of discourse that allows … Continue reading

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Systems Theory versus Critical Theory – Drama in the History of Sociology

This article places an episode in the history of sociological theory into intellectual history in the twentieth century. The perspective is chronological as well as contextual. The themes are two theoretical approaches, both embedded in both American and German history, … Continue reading

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Public sociology vs. the market

Building on Karl Polanyi’s theory of a societal reaction to the unregulated exchange of what he called fictitious commodities — labour, money and land — this paper links the history of sociology to the history of the market. If the … Continue reading

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Sociology as the Philosophy of the Future

In the beginning of sociology it was a philosophy for promoting the Good society. Sociology was what we in Feuerbach’s terms may call a “philosophy of the future”. The German enlightenment is crucial if one wants to go beyond: create … Continue reading

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Sociology of Emotions

The emotions that human beings experience play a fundamental role in all social phenomena. As a result, sociology needs to incorporate the analysis of emotions into its objects of study. This process began three decades ago with the birth of … Continue reading

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The sociology of education

Because education is an essential institution in society, the sociology of education must focus on an array of salient social issues, many with vital policy implications.  Following a discussion of the various theoretical orientations of sociology of education, this article, … Continue reading

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