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Why Can't Sociology Apply Itself? Progress and Limitations in Making Sociology Useful

John G. Bruhn
Sociological Practice
Vol. 3, No. 3 (September 2001), pp. 189-204
Published by: Sage Publications, Inc.
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/43735802
Page Count: 16
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Abstract

In the past decade especially, sociologists have been critical of their discipline citing the failure to develop a grand theory of society, the loss of identity and focus as a discipline, the erosion of its boundaries by nonsociologists, and the lack of recognition and support of the field among policymakers and the public. A few critics in the field have suggested relabeling the discipline "social engineering." The present paper suggests that relabeling will accentuate identity problems and further fragment the discipline. The author proposes a partnership between theorists and practitioners to apply existing knowledge to solve societal problems, the results of which will benefit the field of sociology as well as society.

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