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The German Sociological Divide (Thomas Scheffer)

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The German Sociological Divide (Thomas Scheffer)

This week, The Annex discusses a cleavage in German sociology that resulted in the formation of the Academy of Sociology, an organization that splintered from the German Sociological Association in a spat that involved questions of scientific rigor in sociology. Here’s the back story:


This summer, Philip Cohen from the University of Maryland tweeted:

Stephen Vaisey of Duke University commented:

This tweet generated multiple, very interesting reactions, including this one from Fabian Ochsenfeld.

This struck me as a tremendously interesting topic. It also turned out to be painfully difficult to find discussants. I struggled to find people to tell the story of the division between these two organizations. I’m grateful to Thomas Scheffer from Goethe University, who was gracious enough to tell us about this divide.

Please note: We were not able to secure someone to speak on behalf of the Academy of Sociology for this segment. I invite listeners to voice their views below, and I am happy to discuss follow-up discussions if warranted

Photo Credits

By Ribax (Diskussion) 10:53, 6. Mär. 2014 (CET) – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, Link

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