The Boundaries of Sociology and Its Relation to Other Sciences

  • Emiliana Mangone
Part of the SpringerBriefs in Psychology book series (BRIEFSPSYCHOL)


Sociological knowledge is essential for a concrete and effective reading of social phenomena. The issue, however, is to build and maintain meaningful relations between sociological thinking and autonomy from other sciences without downplaying the need for integration and disciplinary interdependence. The evolution of sociology was characterized not so much the object of study, but the need to make this science autonomous from the others, and especially from natural sciences. The aim of this chapter is to explain, in general terms: (a) the evolutionary phases of this discipline; (b) the debate on its autonomy, which has seen two opposing positions, one aiming at a discipline akin to natural sciences, through the use of quantitative methods and measurements (positive method), and the other supporting the absolute autonomy of sociology, without any procedural contamination in scientific investigation (interpretive method); (c) the definition of the object of study of sociology and its boundaries; (d) the relation with other natural and social sciences, particularly with psychology.


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  • Emiliana Mangone
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  1. 1.Department of Human, Philosophic and Education Sciences (DISUFF)University of SalernoSalernoItaly

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