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ERIC Number: EJ876460
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Jun
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0003-1232
A View from Above: The Evolving Sociological Landscape
Moody, James; Light, Ryan
American Sociologist, v37 n2 p67-86 Jun 2006
How has sociology evolved over the last 40 years? In this paper, we examine networks built on thousands of sociology-relevant papers to map sociology's position in the wider social sciences and identify changes in the most prominent research fronts in the discipline. We find first that sociology seems to have traded centrality in the field of social sciences for internal cohesion: sociology is central, but not nearly as well bounded as neighboring disciplines such as economics or law. Internally, sociology appears to have moved away from research topics associated with fundamental social processes and toward social-problems research. We end by discussing strategies for extending this work to wider science production networks.
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Language: English
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