autonomy of sociology

autonomy of sociology

the viewpoint, as expressed by DURKHEIM in particular, that sociology must be formulated as a distinctive science, dealing with a level of reality that cannot be explained by reduction to other disciplines such as psychology or biology. Durkheim's view was that 'S ociety’ has a reality ‘sui generis’ – i.e. of its own kind. See also SOCIAL FACTS AS THINGS, SUICIDE.
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We offer a discussion of how these practices may be eroding the relative autonomy of sociology departments, and what this may mean for the discipline and those who practice it.
The autonomy of sociology in Canada is already compromised by the extent to which grants controlled by the central authority of our national government help determine hiring, the status hierarchies and power of scholars in the discipline.