Jo, Moon H.; Steve Mcguire
November 1982
Humanity & Society;Nov82, Vol. 6 Issue 4, p20
Academic Journal
Analysis of the recent trend within the discipline of sociology by which applied sociology has come into prominence at the same time that interest in humanistic sociology has declined. Some forces contributing to this trend have been the decreased student enrollment, changing educational values within academia, an all-cut effort by prominent sociologists to strengthen applied sociology and, especially, the changing national economy. In light of this, sociologists propose to initiate attempts to understand the current direction of the discipline and devise strategies that will maintain an appropriate balance between applied and humanistic sociologies by fully acknowledging the consequences of accentuating the former at the expense of the latter. Sociologists also want to provide a word of caution for those who are concerned only with the continual adaptation of the discipline to changing economic circumstances without alerting themselves to the importance of building systematic knowledge based on research and theory. Through this article, then, sociologists hope to begin to generate, in a small way, a truly humanistic framework in which sociologists become active agents in directing social change for the benefit of humankind. The persistent plight of the national economy in the last decade due to spiraling inflation, high unemployment, low growth rate and shortage of energy has forced many people in the U.S. to adjust to a new reality in the recent decade.


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