Current and Future Prospects

  • R. Sooryamoorthy
Part of the Sociology Transformed book series (SOTR)


This chapter takes stock of the position of South African sociology today. It has passed through challenging times in its 100-year history. Apartheid segregated society and sociologists. Sociologists followed paths that run parallel. Africanization has become relevant to South African sociology. Demographic transformation in the discipline has not reached the levels expected. Mobility is more obvious among sociologists in the new democratic South Africa. They leave academia for government and to become consultants. This is to the detriment of the growth of the discipline. However, sociology is destined to grow in South Africa. Student numbers are increasing and new sociological knowledge is appearing not only in national journals but also in international journals. Sociologists are encouraged to conduct research more seriously than ever before.


Sociology South Africa Africanization Sociological research 


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  • R. Sooryamoorthy
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  1. 1.School of Social SciencesUniversity of KwaZulu-NatalDurbanSouth Africa

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