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Article: The Poverty of Paradigmaticism: A Symptom of the Crisis in Sociological Explanation

TitleThe Poverty of Paradigmaticism: A Symptom of the Crisis in Sociological Explanation
Authors
Issue Date1983
PublisherDepartment of Psychology, University of Maine. The Journal's web site is located at http://umaine.edu/jmb/
Citation
The Journal of Mind and Behavior, 1983, v. 4, n. 2, p. 179-190 How to Cite?
AbstractThe present paper works toward a critical examination of the implications of continued reliance on the notion of paradigm in sociological theory. The authors advance the belief that given the state of affairs in contemporary sociology, paradigm has become a legitimizing device for sociological theory. Paradigmaticism is identified as an ideological invocation which in itself is a manifestation of the crisis in sociological explanation. Attention is directed at exposing the tensions and contradictions surrounding the conceptualization of paradigm, particularly the Kuhnian version, as it is employed within sociology. The reasons for the misconception that the Kuhnian paradigm offered a useful way of examining the discipline are explored. Continued reliance on the Kuhnian paradigm is explained not only in terms of the intellectual attractiveness of the concept, but also by an examination of the social and apolitical context in which sociology functions. The implications of becoming overly involved with paradigmatics are viewed in relation to sociology’s role as the market researcher for the welfare state. An alternative conceptualization is cited which can be used to take account of the advancement of knowledge in sociology. Finally, a greater reflexivity is called for in focussing on the more important goals of sociology.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/200265
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2013 Impact Factor: 0.125
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.121

 

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dc.contributor.authorPostiglione, G.A.en_US
dc.contributor.authorScimecca, J.en_US
dc.date.accessioned2014-08-04T03:46:13Z-
dc.date.available2014-08-04T03:46:13Z-
dc.date.issued1983en_US
dc.identifier.citationThe Journal of Mind and Behavior, 1983, v. 4, n. 2, p. 179-190en_US
dc.identifier.issn0271-0137-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/200265-
dc.description.abstractThe present paper works toward a critical examination of the implications of continued reliance on the notion of paradigm in sociological theory. The authors advance the belief that given the state of affairs in contemporary sociology, paradigm has become a legitimizing device for sociological theory. Paradigmaticism is identified as an ideological invocation which in itself is a manifestation of the crisis in sociological explanation. Attention is directed at exposing the tensions and contradictions surrounding the conceptualization of paradigm, particularly the Kuhnian version, as it is employed within sociology. The reasons for the misconception that the Kuhnian paradigm offered a useful way of examining the discipline are explored. Continued reliance on the Kuhnian paradigm is explained not only in terms of the intellectual attractiveness of the concept, but also by an examination of the social and apolitical context in which sociology functions. The implications of becoming overly involved with paradigmatics are viewed in relation to sociology’s role as the market researcher for the welfare state. An alternative conceptualization is cited which can be used to take account of the advancement of knowledge in sociology. Finally, a greater reflexivity is called for in focussing on the more important goals of sociology.-
dc.languageengen_US
dc.publisherDepartment of Psychology, University of Maine. The Journal's web site is located at http://umaine.edu/jmb/en_US
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dc.titleThe Poverty of Paradigmaticism: A Symptom of the Crisis in Sociological Explanationen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.identifier.emailPostiglione, G.A.:gerry@hku.hken_US
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dc.identifier.volume4en_US
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