Robert K. Merton: Sociology of Science and Sociology as Science by Craig Calhoun

Robert K. Merton: Sociology of Science and Sociology as Science

byCraig Calhoun

Kobo ebook | February 22, 2011

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Robert K. Merton (1910-2003) was one of the most influential sociologists of the twentieth century, producing clear theories and innovative research that continue to shape multiple disciplines. Merton's reach can be felt in the study of social structure, social psychology, deviance, professions, organizations, culture, and science. Yet for all his fame, Merton is only partially understood. He is treated by scholars as a functional analyst, when in truth his contributions transcend paradigm.

Joining twelve sociologists with major reputations in the field, Craig Calhoun launches a thorough reconsideration of Merton's achievements and inspires a renewed engagement with sociological theory. Merton's work addresses the challenges of integrating research and theory. It connects different fields of empirical research and speaks to the importance of overcoming the sharp divisions between allegedly pure and applied sociology. Merton realized the value of sociological methods that respect the institutional analysis of science and knowledge. By bringing together different aspects of his work in one volume, Calhoun illuminates the truly interdisciplinary-and unifying-dimensions of Merton's approach. He also advances the intellectual agenda of an increasingly relevant area of study.

Craig Calhoun is president of the Social Science Research Council and University Professor of the Social Sciences at New York University. He received his doctorate at Oxford University and is the author of eight books and the editor of many more. His work has been translated into over a dozen languages, and his most recent publication...
Title:Robert K. Merton: Sociology of Science and Sociology as ScienceFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:February 22, 2011Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Introduction: On Merton's Legacy and Contemporary Sociology, by Craig Calhoun, Social Science Research Council and New York University
1. Reflections on a Common Theme: Establishing the Phenomenon, Adumbration, and Ideal Types, by Alejandro Portes, Princeton University
2. Mechanisms of the Middle Range, by Charles Tilly, Columbia University
3. Eliding the Theory/Research and Basic/Applied Divides: Implications of Merton's Middle Range, by Robert J. Sampson, Harvard University
4. The Contributions of Robert K. Merton to Culture Theory, by Cynthia Fuchs Epstein, City University of New York
5. Culture and Uncertainty, by Viviana A. Zelizer, Princeton University
6. "Paradigm for the Sociology of Science", by Thomas F. Gieryn, Indiana University
7. A Critical Reconsideration of the Ethos and Autonomy of Science, by Aaron L. Panofsky, University of California
8. Merton, Mannheim, and the Sociology of Knowledge, by Alan Sica, Pennsylvania State University
9. The Ethos of Science and the Ethos of Democracy, by Ragnvald Kalleberg, University of Oslo
10. Merton's Sociology of Rhetoric, by Peter Simonson, University of Colorado
11. On Sociological Semantics as an Evolving Research Program, by Harriet Zuckerman, Mellon Foundation
12. How Merton Sociologizes the History of Ideas, by Charles Camic, Northwestern University
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Editorial Reviews

In this stimulating and informative volume, leading sociologists explain the range and lasting significance of Robert K. Merton's research for contemporary social science. An important read for those who want to build on the shoulders of giants without reinventing the wheel.