Sociology and Other Sciences I

Tuesday, 17 July 2018: 15:30-17:20
RC08 History of Sociology (host committee)

Language: English

Since the nineteenth century it has been commonly believed that academic discipline needs to establish itself by identifying research subjects and methods and excluding others from exploiting them. Positioning a new science involves determining its relationship to other extant sciences and a self-conceptualizing effort which refers to them for defining features.


It is our goal in this session to discuss this self-conceptualizing efforts of sociology both in its early and more recent days. Whereas some disciplines, like philosophy, history or psychology, are known to have been congenial to many sociological classics, there are other disciplines whose connection to sociology seems equally salient, like law, ethnology, anthropology, religion studies, linguistics, geography, biology, mathematics or economy. We are interested in all kinds of analysis covering interdependencies of sociology and other sciences, both friendly and antagonistic, including in particular theoretical delimitations and alliances, conceptual lendings and borrowings, academic networking and academic feuds, biographical entanglements and institutionalization patterns in sociological centers and peripheries. Our focus would be a historical view of the interplay between interdisciplinary and disciplinary features of sociology, with due attention to distinctive national and regional development paths as well as fashions and turns in scholarly politics.

Session Organizers:
Marta BUCHOLC, University of Bonn, Germany and Joanna WAWRZYNIAK, University of Warsaw, Poland
Joanna WAWRZYNIAK, University of Warsaw, Poland
Marta BUCHOLC, WFIS University of Warsaw, Poland
Oral Presentations
‘Disciplinarization’ of Sociology in the Mid-Twentieth Century
Raf VANDERSTRAETEN, Ghent University, Belgium
Sociology in Britain: Sociology Courses before the ‘First’ Sociology Course
Christopher HUSBANDS, London School of Economics and Political Science, United Kingdom
Economics and Sociology in Post-Independence India: Contestations and Appropriations
Manish THAKUR, Indian Institute of Management Calcutta, India