The Science of Society

  • Sal Restivo


This chapter begins the journey in this book to and through the sociological imagination. My goal is to help readers understand how sociologists think and talk. I will use this way of thinking and talking to explore the substantive case studies at the center of this project – brains, gods, maths, and logics. I begin by establishing a context for doing sociology and doing it in a way that invigorates emerging narratives on the nature of science, knowledge, and belief. That context is the contemporary networked world in which information flows have become planetary. Information flows are conditional promises for the optimally unfettered flow and diffusion of knowledge. I write as a champion of sociology as the invisible revolution of a robust science.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sal Restivo
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  1. 1.Department of Technology, Culture and SocietyNYU Tandon School of EngineeringBrooklynUSA

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