• Charles Crothers
Part of the Sociology Transformed book series (SOTR)


A conceptual framework for analysing a ‘national sociology’ is sketched which suggests that knowledge projects move through several stages from problem-choices, through mobilisations of theories, methodologies, resources and data—to produce a variety of types (genres) of outputs for a variety of audiences. Some of the key features of NZ society over time which might shape the development of NZ sociology are outlined, with an emphasis on periods when NZ was seen as a ‘social laboratory’. In turn, the configuration of the NZ university system over time is outlined as the environment within which academic programmes are framed. The methods used in developing this historical sociology study are described and its opportunities and limitations argued. Given the substantial wealth of information available, it is possible to highlight the considerable extension of sociology across many sites within universities and to trace the rise and fall of sociologies and departments over time.


Sociology of sociology New Zealand Sociology of knowledge production National sociology, ‘social laboratory’, study methods 


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  • Charles Crothers
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  1. 1.School of Social SciencesAuckland University of TechnologyAucklandNew Zealand

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