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The Historiography of Swedish Sociology and the Bounding of Disciplinary Identity
Uppsala University, Humanistisk-samhällsvetenskapliga vetenskapsområdet, Faculty of Arts, Department of History of Science and Ideas.
2006 (English)In: Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences, Vol. 42, no 2, 159-176 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Bounding a scientific discipline is a way of regulating its cognitive direction as well as its relations to neighboring disciplines and extra-academic authorities. In this process of identity making, disciplinary history often is a crucial element. In this article, focusing on the historiography of Swedish sociology and the reception of Gustaf Steffen, Sweden's first professional sociologist, it is argued that Steffen's marginalized role in the traditional accounts should be understood not only with reference to his supposed theoretical shortcomings, but also in the historical context of the early postwar reestablishment of sociology as an academic discipline and its prevalent need for a new disciplinary identity, strategically adjusted to the contemporary institutional and political settings.

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2006. Vol. 42, no 2, 159-176 p.
Keyword [en]
history of sociology, disciplinary identity, boundary-work, Sweden, Gustaf Steffen, Torgny Segerstedt
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History History of Ideas Sociology
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-80170DOI: doi:10.1002/jhbs.20166OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-80170DiVA: diva2:108084
Available from: 2006-04-25 Created: 2006-04-25 Last updated: 2011-01-11

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