Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/132855
Title: On Consensus, Tensions and Sociology at the Dawn of the 21st Century
Authors: Quah, S.R. 
Sales, A.
Issue Date: 2000
Source: Quah, S.R., Sales, A. (2000). On Consensus, Tensions and Sociology at the Dawn of the 21st Century. On Consensus, Tensions and Sociology at the Dawn of the 21st Century. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Discusses general trends in sociology, representations of those trends in various subfields, & recent advances in specialized areas. Three major changes that have occurred in sociology in recent years are discussed. The first is a shift in the scale of analysis from social actors, communities, or institutions, toward a broader range of units leading to macrosociological analyses of a world society. Challenges involved in addressing social phenomena at a global level are discussed. Another important change involves unresolved issues in sociological discourse, especially the nature of social agency/structure, & the cogency of interpretive vs causal methodological approaches. Also noted is a renewal of tensions stemming from debates over issues surrounding paradigms & theoretical perspectives. Key tensions include specialization vs amalgamation; involvement vs disengagement; & methodological disputes. It is maintained that recognition & acceptance of a multiplicity of paradigms & theoretical approaches is an indication of the discipline's greater maturity. The organization of the book is outlined, & a synopsis of each chapter is presented. J. Lindroth.
Source Title: On Consensus, Tensions and Sociology at the Dawn of the 21st Century
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/132855
ISBN: 0761953781
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