The historiography of Swedish sociology and the bounding of disciplinary identity
2006 (English)In: Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences, ISSN 0022-5061, E-ISSN 1520-6696, Vol. 42, no 2, 159-176 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Bounding a scientific discipline is a way of regulating its cognitive direction as well as its relations to neighboring disciplines and extra-academic authorities. In this process of identity making, disciplinary history often is a crucial element. In this article, focusing on the historiography of Swedish sociology and the reception of Gustaf Steffen, Sweden's first professional sociologist, it is argued that Steffen's marginalized role in the traditional accounts should be understood not only with reference to his supposed theoretical shortcomings, but also in the historical context of the early postwar reestablishment of sociology as an academic discipline and its prevalent need for a new disciplinary identity, strategically adjusted to the contemporary institutional and political settings.
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2006. Vol. 42, no 2, 159-176 p.
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-6059DOI: 10.1002/jhbs.20166OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-6059DiVA: diva2:145727