Sociology in Belgium

A Sociological History

  • Raf Vanderstraeten
  • Kaat Louckx

Part of the Sociology Transformed book series (SOTR)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Raf Vanderstraeten, Kaat Louckx
    Pages 1-22
  3. Raf Vanderstraeten, Kaat Louckx
    Pages 23-58
  4. Raf Vanderstraeten, Kaat Louckx
    Pages 59-92
  5. Raf Vanderstraeten, Kaat Louckx
    Pages 93-124
  6. Raf Vanderstraeten, Kaat Louckx
    Pages 125-130
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 131-133

About this book


This book provides a historical-sociological analysis of the history of sociology in Belgium from the late-nineteenth until the early-twenty-first century. It sheds new light on the social structures that shaped and shape the orientations and work of sociologists in Belgium. The impact of three structural factors is discussed in more detail: religion, language and publication imperatives. Starting from analyses of these structural factors, this book presents a detailed analysis of the genesis and institutionalization of different sociologies in Belgium. It sheds light on the kinds of sociological knowledge that are or are not valued in Belgium. This book constitutes an important contribution to the sociological history of sociology and the development of a reflective historical sociology, and will appeal to students and scholars of social theory, as well as readers interested in the history of Contemporary Belgium.


provincialization of sociology policy-directed sociology sociology in Belgium social statistics Adolphe Quetelet history of sociology Pillarization Catholic social teaching religious sociology Flemish sociology scientific communication sociological reflexivity Institut de Sociologie Solvay Société belge de Sociologie

Authors and affiliations

  • Raf Vanderstraeten
    • 1
  • Kaat Louckx
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of SociologyGhent UniversityGhentBelgium
  2. 2.Department of SociologyUniversity of ChicagoChicagoUSA

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