A view from above: The evolving sociological landscape


Journal Article

How has sociology evolved over the last 40 years? In this paper, we examine networks built on thousands of sociology-relevant papers to map sociology's position in the wider social sciences and identify changes in the most prominent research fronts in the discipline. We find first that sociology seems to have traded centrality in the field of social sciences for internal cohesion: sociology is central, but not nearly as well bounded as neighboring disciplines such as economics or law, Internally, sociology appears to have moved away from research topics associated with fundamental social processes and toward social-problems research. We end by discussing strategies for extending this work to wider science production networks.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Moody, J; Light, R

Published Date

  • June 1, 2006

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 37 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 67 - 86

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0003-1232

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1007/s12108-006-1006-8

Citation Source

  • Scopus