Global or Local Sociology? the Battlefields of Theories in a Historical-Comparative View
For practical reasons, my paper will combine both views on global sociology, the theoretical and the historical-epistemological one. ISA’s 1998 survey on the sociological “book of the century” is well-known, having presented Weber, Mills and Merton as the top three authors. In contrast to the ISA ranking, my report will refer to a new empirical analysis (undertaken in collaboration with national associations of sociology), that does not assume one singular space of global sociology (of the English-speaking sociologists, as ISA did). On the contrary, my analysis will approach the battlefield of theories in the international arena as battlefields, that is from several different angles, comparing regions and national traditions of sociological analysis in its given practices.