In search of sociological congruence

Journal Article (Journal Article)

In this article, I explore how the fragmented and specialized character of sociology has resulted in the search for overly simplistic causal processes or “congruence.” The core argument focuses less on the structure of the discipline, per se, and more on some of the problems that have arisen as a consequence of it. To these ends, I identify three problems endemic to an increasing portion of sociological work: (1) a disjuncture between theory and evidence, (2) critical versus creative interpretations, and (3) methodological overspecialization. I go further and conclude by suggesting viable intellectual and analytic pathways that allow for and encourage recognition of complexity in the social world.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Read, JG

Published Date

  • February 1, 2014

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 1 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 44 - 50

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 2329-4973

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 2329-4965

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1177/2329496513510901

Citation Source

  • Scopus