Clarity and Honor: Values in Conflict with Ambition

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The criticism is often made of sociology, especially in the US, that it is mired in ethnocentrism, provincialism, needlessly scientistic methods, and a depoliticized quest for the status of a ‘true science’. Though a strong case can be made for such an accusation, it is also true that certain exemplars have succeeded in transcending these crippling shortcomings of practice and imagination. One such scholar is examined in this article with an eye toward not only the scope of the work attempted, but the rhetorical posture that made his notable success possible. It seems to be the case that certain gifted members of the ‘Sixties generation’, through cross-disciplinary education and with cosmopolitan intentions, managed to create a new type of sociology in the US during the 1980s and 1990s which had not existed before. This article explores one such case.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)90-102
Number of pages13
JournalThesis Eleven
Volume84
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2006

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honor
sociology
provincialism
ethnocentrism
Values
criticism
science
education
Clarity
Ambition
Sociology
imagination
Rhetoric
Cross-disciplinary
1980s
Ethnocentrism
Criticism
Intentions
Education
Sixties

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Cultural Studies
  • History
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Political Science and International Relations

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