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Adumbrations of a Sociology of Morality in the Work of Parsons, Simmel, and Merton

  • Donald N. Levine
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Part of the Handbooks of Sociology and Social Research book series (HSSR)

Abstract

Although a subfield called sociology of morality – of “moral phenomena,” more aptly – may seem a new departure for sociologists, the topic has in fact been central to sociological inquiry since its pre-disciplinary days.

Keywords

Institutionalize Norm Societal Evolution Positive Science Dominant Norm Religious Evolution 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of sociologyThe University of ChicagoChicagoUSA

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