November, 2009

What Does Sociology Have to Contribute Beyond What the Humanities and Its Sister Social Sciences Have to Offer?

  • Brian Pitt

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Invitation to Sociology makes known that sociology is a coherent and value-added academic discipline. In exploring the continuing relevance of Invitation to Sociology, the time is ripe to reconsider sociology as a value-added intellectual enterprise. This paper answers this question: What does sociology have to offer beyond what the humanities and its sister social sciences already provide? This paper answers this question by identifying the four elements that compose the sociological tradition. These elements are social action, embeddedness, social problems, and social construction. The author argues that these elements are more pronounced in sociology than in any other academic discipline and hence contribute to the value-added character of sociology.

 

Citation (Chicago Style)

Pitt, Brian. "What Does Sociology Have to Contribute Beyond What the Humanities and Its Sister Social Sciences Have to Offer?." Working Paper, Mercatus Center at George Mason University, 2009.