TITLE

A PROBLEM FOR THE SOCIOLOGY OF KNOWLEDGE: SIMILARITIES IN THE THOUGHT OF ANTONIO GRAMSCI AND C. WRIGHT MILLS

AUTHOR(S)
Scimecca, Joseph A.
PUB. DATE
May 1985
SOURCE
Humanity & Society;May85, Vol. 9 Issue 2, p142
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Sociologists of knowledge assumes a passive individual who merely responds to external conditions, are not capable of analyzing processes by which an individual rejects or even synthesizes those ideas he or she is exposed to. In this article, the author presents that mainstream sociology of knowledge is based on a deterministic premise, same as, similar social existences produce similar ideas in individuals. Given this determinism, the sociology of knowledge, therefore, has a very real problem inherent in its assumptions. It cannot explain how individuals from different social existences formulate similar ideas. While not having any complete answers to this problem, the author holds that the direction a solution must take is rooted in a humanist sociology, a sociology that assumes a dynamic conception of mind which allows individuals to choose from competing ideological systems, and even more importantly to formulate new ideological systems. In short, the sociology of knowledge is rooted in traditional, determinist, mainstream sociology, and as such could surely use a large dose of humanist sociology. The article presents a comparative study on thoughts of sociologists Antonio Gramsci and C. Wright Mills on sociology of knowledge.
ACCESSION #
11610509

 

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