TITLE

Sociology for the Glasnot Era: Institutional and Substantive Changes in Recent Soviet Sociology

AUTHOR(S)
Shalin, Dmitri N.
PUB. DATE
June 1990
SOURCE
Social Forces;Jun90, Vol. 68 Issue 4, p1019
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Abstract Gorbachev's ascent to power created a new climate for sociological research in the Soviet Union. For the first time, Soviet sociologists find themselves in a position where they not only can pursue critical inquiry but also significantly affect the nation's political agenda. The present situation is not without its dangers, however, as it confronts social scientists with the need to balance scholarship and advocacy, scientific inquiry and political engagement. This article presents an overview of institutional, substantive, and methodological innovations in recent Soviet sociology. It examines the contribution that Soviet sociology has made to the reform process and assesses its future impact on the course of perestroika. An argument is made that even though for the time being Soviet sociologists and Party reformers act in concert, this alliance might come under strain if the pursuit of free inquiry interferes with the Communist Party's political agenda.
ACCESSION #
5290888

 

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