Smith, Dusky Lee; Reynolds, Larry T.
February 1987
Humanity & Society;Feb87, Vol. 11 Issue 1, p58
Academic Journal
The article asserts sociologists as critical apologists. An examination of a traditional sociologist can help elucidate the nature of the relationship between social thought and the socioeconomic processes with which it is entwined. It is not at all difficult for people to think back to the time when they were truly impressed, perhaps even awe struck, upon initially reading the weighty tomes produced by sociology's early practitioners. It seemed as if each volume posed bigger questions and provided potentially better answers than the one mentioned here. People may well have thought, and probably did, that the celebrity enjoyed by the authors of some of these books was due to the cleverness, depth, and force of their intellectual arguments. Fighting political baffles with the successors of the celebrated and examining their arguments from a sociology of knowledge vantage point taught people just how naive their original assumptions were. Sociologists like William Graham Sumner helped make people that way.


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