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Suvremeni krizni narativi u sociologiji


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Protulipac, Armin. (2017). Suvremeni krizni narativi u sociologiji. Diploma Thesis. Filozofski fakultet u Zagrebu, Department of Sociology. [mentor Matić, Davorka].

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The concept of crisis is present throughout the history of sociology. From its early days as a distinct, autonomous science, established with the aim of studying the social aspect of reality, sociology has been closely linked to various attempts at solving the crisis of society, at the time induced by the radically transformative process of modernisation. However, keeping in mind the blurry boundary between the object of study and the science itself, it soon became clear that the crisis of society is more often than not also a crisis of sociology, and that a specific type of mutual relationship exists between the two. This mutual bond will continue to mark a large segment of later developments in sociology, even to the point of becoming a central theme in epistemological and metatheoretical discussions. Since the early 1990s, we have witnessed a renewed interest in the issue of disciplinary crisis, contributed to in part by audit culture, the neoliberal university, and the political and economic crisis of post-Cold War capitalism. The aim of this paper is to give a brief survey of certain moments in the history of sociology when there was an increased interest for the topic of disciplinary crisis, in order to be able to provide at a later point an analysis of contemporary crisis narratives in sociological metatheory. The ultimate goal of this paper, however, is not to simply list existing suggestions or propose a new solution for sociology’s crisis, but rather to examine the causes, consequences and implications of the crisis narratives themselves, i.e. the discourse of disciplinary crisis in sociology. The analysis will place emphasis on sociology’s beginnings in the 19th century, proceeding to works by A.W. Gouldner and R. Boudon from the 1960s and 1970s, and finally concluding with contemporary authors such as M. Burawoy, J. Holmwood and I. Wallerstein.

Item Type: Diploma Thesis
Uncontrolled Keywords: crisis, metasociology, audit culture, interdisciplinarity, visibility
Subjects: Sociology
Departments: Department of Sociology
Supervisor: Matić, Davorka
Date Deposited: 19 Mar 2018 12:52
Last Modified: 19 Mar 2018 12:52

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