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  • Popplestone, Ann
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      Subject: 10/4/2002 Daily Report from The Chronicle of Higher Education


      ACADEME TODAY: The Chronicle of Higher Education's
      Daily Report for subscribers
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      Good day!

      Here are news bulletins from The Chronicle of Higher Education
      for Friday, October 4.
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      MAGAZINES & JOURNALS

      A glance at the October issue of "First Things":
      The decline of sociology

      Sociology is not what it used to be, observes Peter L. Berger,
      director of the Institute on Religion and World Affairs at
      Boston University. It has evolved into little more than a
      political instrument in which methods are valued over content.
      Statistical analysis -- a useful, but limited, tool -- dominates
      most sociological research, he argues. This "methodological
      fetishism has resulted in many sociologists using increasingly
      sophisticated methods to study increasingly trivial topics." The
      interests of those who finance sociology research, he says,
      overshadow the more significant "big questions" within the
      field.

      Even more devastating is sociology's transformation into "an
      instrument of agitation and propaganda" for leftist causes,
      according to Mr. Berger. "The core scientific principle of
      objectivity has been ignored in practice and denied validity in
      theory." Not even inconsistent logic, he says, can compete with
      this "ideological amalgam ... of Marxist provenance."

      "Here and there one can still find sociologists doing excellent
      work," he writes. "But the contributions of these sociologists,
      none of whom have created anything resembling a school of
      thought, only serve to underline the overall depressing
      condition of this discipline."

      Information about the journal is available to all, and articles
      are available to subscribers, at http://www.firstthings.com/
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