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Publication . Article . 1999

The Heritage of Sociology, the Promise of Social Science Presidential Address, XIVth World Congress of Sociology, Montreal, 26 July 1998

Immanuel Wallerstein;
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Published: 01 Jan 1999 Journal: Current Sociology, volume 47, pages 1-37 (issn: 0011-3921, eissn: 1461-7064, Copyright policy )
Publisher: SAGE Publications

There exists a culture of sociology, created in the period 1945-70, and based on three simple axioms, derived respectively from Durkheim, Marx and Weber. This culture has been subject in the last 25 years to six major challenges coming from within and without the cultural community: doubts about the concept of formal rationality; a civilizational challenge; the concept of multiple social times; the sciences of complexity and the end of certainties; gender as a structuring variable even in the sciences; and the view that modernity has never existed. Can sociology deal adequately with these challenges?

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