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Sociology in the Academy: A Study in Contradictions?

Paul Sargent and Charles F. Hohm
The American Sociologist
Vol. 39, No. 2/3, Sociologists and Administrators (June-September 2008), pp. 181-192
Published by: Springer
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/41217782
Page Count: 12
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Sociology in the Academy: A Study in Contradictions?
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Abstract

In this essay, the authors present data collected in mixed-method and multi-phased projects that reveal some troubling contradictions within the discipline of Sociology. From a range of respondents, students through college presidents, several themes emerge that may not bode well for Sociology if left unchecked. Most important are the conflicting demands to provide large General Education classes while maintaining a robust, rigorous curriculum for Sociology majors; to meet university standards for scholarly production while allowing for work that is not within the traditional definitions of research; and to increase interdisciplinary collaboration without diluting the discipline.

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