Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://doi.org/10.1177/0011392101049002002
Title: The Study of the Social Sciences in Developing Societies: Towards an Adequate Conceptualization of Relevance
Authors: Alatas, S.F. 
Issue Date: 2001
Citation: Alatas, S.F. (2001). The Study of the Social Sciences in Developing Societies: Towards an Adequate Conceptualization of Relevance. Current Sociology/La Sociologie Contemporaine 49 (2) : 1-28. ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.1177/0011392101049002002
Abstract: For the last 100 years or so, there has been a strong awareness of a lack of fit between the Western social sciences & non-Western realities. Lacking, however, is the conceptualization of irrelevance. What is meant, at a conceptual level, by irrelevance has rarely been the subject of discussion. As a result, the calls for more relevant social science, often reflected in moves to decolonize, indigenize, or nationalize the social sciences, are equally incoherent. This is because the logical opposite of irrelevance, that is relevance, also lacks conceptualization. In this article, the author elaborates what he understands to be the central features of irrelevance & relevance, provides a preliminary conceptualization of relevance by way of a typology, & discusses the nature of relevant social science.
Source Title: Current Sociology/La Sociologie Contemporaine
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/130289
ISSN: 00113921
DOI: 10.1177/0011392101049002002
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