The autonomous, the universal and the future of sociology

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Abstract

The universal concepts of sociology are those that form the basic foundation of the discipline found in all human societies and valid for all times. Examples are the concepts of sanction, class, social stratification, social mobility, group, culture, values, religion, custom and others. These concepts are universally valid in the general and abstract sense but their historical and concrete manifestations are conditioned by their temporal, spatial and cultural frameworks. It is in the studies of these unique historical phenomena that the autonomous tradition has its roots. What is lacking in the non-western world is an autonomous social science tradition, generated and developed by local scholars, guided by the selection of problems from within the society, applying an independent concept of relevance in the collection and accumulation of research data and comparative attention to problems outside the country or region.

Original languageEnglish
JournalCurrent Sociology
Volume54
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2006

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Keywords

  • Autonomous tradition
  • Research data
  • Values

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  • Sociology and Political Science

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