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Sociology and Common Sense

Andre Beteille
Economic and Political Weekly
Vol. 31, No. 35/37, Special Number (Sep., 1996), pp. 2361-2365
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/4404557
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Abstract

Besides the empirical grounding in careful observation and description of facts, sociology as a discipline is characterised by its rigorous search for interconnections among different domains of society and its systematic use of comparisons. These preoccupations make sociology anti-utopian in its claims and anti-fatalistic in its orientation, and distinguish its 'generalised' knowledge from localised commonsensical knowledge.

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