Jordan Jr., Leonard H.; Rica, Thomas J.
February 1980
Humanity & Society;Feb80, Vol. 4 Issue 1, p91
Academic Journal
This is an attempt to set forth a set of basic criteria intended to use in the selection of books for review in the journal "Humanity and Society." Recognizing that some of the criteria may be controversial, the authors welcome challenges, refinements, elaborations and additions. The following are offered as a set of working criteria some of which must be met for a piece of work to be considered a contribution to the literature of humanistic sociology. 1. It takes as a central problem an analysis of sociocultural arrangements which enhance, or impede, the capacities of groups or individuals for self-emancipation and responsible human choice. 2. It takes as a central problem the investigation of origins, processes or consequences of value patterns and norms supportive of institutions which have the greatest actual or potential impact on the humanistic life chances of groups or individuals. 3. It makes an explicit distinction between the natural and social sciences, while retaining the rigor of empirical inquiry using both quantitative and qualitative methods of investigation.


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