Sociology: Fragmentation or reinvigorated synthesis?

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Does the discipline of Sociology need to be defended from fragmentation by the mobilisation of a canon derived from its classical legacy? The paper provides an exposition of the arguments of Turner, Susen and O’Neill concerning fragmentation of Sociology as a discipline. It investigates whether there is fragmentation or reinvigorated synthesis in three examples: inequality beyond class, posthumanism and postmodernism. It draws on a reading of contemporary theoretical developments in Sociology. It concludes that the classical legacy is important and that engagement with external forces has reinvigorated rather than fragmented the discipline.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)323-333
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Classical Sociology
Issue number3-4
Early online date21 Sept 2021
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2021

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