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ERIC Number: ED180929
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974
Pages: 7
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Eminence in Sociology: Three Measures.
Hanson, David J.
This paper identifies eminent persons in the field of sociology using three measures: 1) the number of sociologists who identify a peer as eminent (reputation score); 2) the mean ranking these individuals receive from peers (frequency score); and 3) the number of citations made in the literature to the work of such individuals (citation score). In 1977, questionnaires were mailed to a sample of 300 sociologists randomly selected from the membership of the American Sociological Association. Respondents were provided an alphabetical list of names found by Swatos and Swatos (1974) to have been the most frequently cited in introductory sociology texts. They were asked to rank the ten most significant sociologists. Names could be added to the list. The return rate was 61%. The number of citations to an individual's work was calculated using the 1976 volume of the "Social Sciences Citation Index." The results of all data indicated that while reputation and frequency were highly associated, citation was not closely associated with either. The author concluded that the frequency with which a sociologist's work is cited in the current journal literature provides an index of eminence that is quantitative, objective, and readily available. (Author/RM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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