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Time and Tide in Sociology

  • Charles Turner
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Abstract

Hermínio Martins’ 1974 essay on Time and Theory in Sociology was a general survey of a field still dominated by functionalism and its legacies, its opponents and rival schools. The problem of temporality was shown to be either neglected by or endemic to functionalism, but doubts were expressed about its rivals’ treatment of it. The present essay asks whether a comparable general survey today would offer a radically different vision of the state of sociological theory. It suggests, tentatively, that it might. Sociological theory 40 years ago still allowed itself to be haunted by the idea that sociology was a science. Hence it was ‘inflationary cognitivism’ that was functionalism’s greatest challenge. Today, as the attraction of conceptual rigour has waned, the most notable development in theory is ‘inflationary substantivism’.

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  • Charles Turner
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  1. 1.University of WarwickCoventryUK

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