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Sociological Forum

, Volume 10, Issue 3, pp 493–498 | Cite as

What's wrong is right: A response to the state of the discipline

  • Feminist Scholars in Sociology
  • Tina Fitzgerald
  • Alice Fothergill
  • Kristin Gilmore
  • Katherine Irwin
  • Charlotte A. Kunkel
  • Suzanne Leahy
  • Joyce M. Nielsen
  • Eve Passerini
  • Mary E. Virnoche
  • Glenda Walden
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Abstract

In the June issue ofSociological Forum, several authors addressed the question, “What's Wrong with Sociology.” Answers included increased fragmentation of the discipline, and the lack of an identifiable cumulative core of sociological knowledge. This paper examines many of the claims made by the contributors to the June 1994Sociological Forum, reframes their arguments, and by placing debates regarding the problems in sociology in a broader perspective, identifies many of the recent advances made by the discipline. Focusing on such notable contributions to the field as feminist and postmodern scholarship, we locate the positive side of multiple perspective research.

Key words

feminist research multiple perspectives fragmentation cumulative knowledge 

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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1995

Authors and Affiliations

  • Feminist Scholars in Sociology
  • Tina Fitzgerald
    • 1
  • Alice Fothergill
    • 1
  • Kristin Gilmore
    • 1
  • Katherine Irwin
    • 1
  • Charlotte A. Kunkel
    • 1
  • Suzanne Leahy
    • 1
  • Joyce M. Nielsen
    • 1
  • Eve Passerini
    • 1
  • Mary E. Virnoche
    • 1
  • Glenda Walden
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of SociologyUniversity of Colorado at BoulderBoulder

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