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Do western sociological concepts apply globally? : Towards a global sociology

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Neubert, Dieter:
Do western sociological concepts apply globally? : Towards a global sociology.
In: Sociology. Vol. 56 (January 2022) Issue 5 . - pp. 930-945.
ISSN 1469-8684

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Project financing: VolkswagenStiftung

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The post-colonial debate challenges the self-certainty of sociology and the suggested universality of its theoretical premises. This has led to calls to provincialize sociological theories and concepts and include perspectives from the South. Thus, we need to ask whether sociological concepts apply globally. Burawoy’s notion of a professional ‘global sociology’ offers a starting point for provincializing sociological concepts without giving up their global applicability. The problems involved in applying the core sociological category of class to Kenya show that classical sociological concepts may be inadequate for analysing societies outside the European and North American context. For the analysis of inequality, we need a more open and empirically founded concept in which the classical notion of class describes just a particular pattern of social structure. For the development of sociological concepts, we always require a broad empirical and intercultural basis in order not to be caught in the trap of Eurocentrism.

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Item Type: Article in a journal
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: class; global sociology; inequality; post-colonial critique; provincialization; social structure; sociological concepts
Subject classification: 300 Sozialwissenschaften, Soziologie
Institutions of the University: Faculties > Faculty of Cultural Studies > Chair Sociology of Development
Faculties > Faculty of Cultural Studies
Result of work at the UBT: Yes
DDC Subjects: 300 Social sciences > 300 Social sciences, sociology and anthropology
Date Deposited: 28 Jan 2022 08:59
Last Modified: 19 Oct 2022 10:39