What is it about?
Past research indicates that Sociology is a low-consensus discipline, where different schools of thought have distinct expectations about suitable scientific practices. This division of Sociology into different subfields is to a large extent related to methodology and choices between qualitative or quantitative research methods. We examine the methodological divide in generalist Sociology journals. Using automated text analysis for 8737 abstracts of articles published between 1995 and 2017, we discover evidence of this divide, but also of an entanglement between methodological choices and different research topics.
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Why is it important?
The consolidation of methodological practices could enforce the entrenchment of different schools of thought, which ultimately reduces the potential for innovative and effective sociological research.
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This page is a summary of: The Methodological Divide of Sociology: Evidence from Two Decades of Journal Publications, Sociology, June 2019, SAGE Publications, DOI: 10.1177/0038038519853146.
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