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Characteristics of Sociological Works

Željka Šporer ; Faculty of Mining, Geology and Petroleum Engineering, Zagreb

Puni tekst: hrvatski, pdf (16 MB) str. 437-454 preuzimanja: 104* citiraj
APA 6th Edition
Šporer, Ž. (1990). Karakteristike socioloških radova. Revija za sociologiju, 21 (3), 437-454. Preuzeto s
MLA 8th Edition
Šporer, Željka. "Karakteristike socioloških radova." Revija za sociologiju, vol. 21, br. 3, 1990, str. 437-454. Citirano 19.10.2019.
Chicago 17th Edition
Šporer, Željka. "Karakteristike socioloških radova." Revija za sociologiju 21, br. 3 (1990): 437-454.
Šporer, Ž. (1990). 'Karakteristike socioloških radova', Revija za sociologiju, 21(3), str. 437-454. Preuzeto s: (Datum pristupa: 19.10.2019.)
Šporer Ž. Karakteristike socioloških radova. Revija za sociologiju [Internet]. 1990 [pristupljeno 19.10.2019.];21(3):437-454. Dostupno na:
Ž. Šporer, "Karakteristike socioloških radova", Revija za sociologiju, vol.21, br. 3, str. 437-454, 1990. [Online]. Dostupno na: [Citirano: 19.10.2019.]

Scientific production has always reflected the dominant scientific atmosphere and scientific influences which prevail over a certain environment. Science does not function independently and autonomously but is exposed to a stronger or weaker influence of the political system and the society’s general stage od development. The element of political influence is more powerful in totalitarian systems thus making their influence upon scientific production also more perilous for the development of social sciences in particular. The scientific works published in three Yugoslav sociological reviews are the subject of a structural analysis which is being carried out in this paper for the period 1972 to 1987. Two groups of characteristics determining scientific orientation of sociological work have been defined. First, it is the thematic orientation of the work (general sociology, special sociologies or interdisciplinary work) and second, it is the type of sociological work (theoretical research and methodological work). In addition to the works orientation analysed are also the qualitative features of different types of sociological works. The data indicate the stage of development and the direction in which sociology in Yugoslavia is developing under the influence of the socio-political atmosphere. This work shows that within the structure of sociological works there are no changes in time. A continuous absolute domination of theoretical works exists, namely of one type of theoretical work which indicates high uniformity of such theoretical production, but also its questionable applicability to research. Research work is much scantier and it has a smaller scientific-cognitive range. It may be noted that in fact two parallel sociologies exist; a theoretical and a research sociology, among which there is no contact and expected necessary interaction. Those two sociologies tolerate each other very well (there are no polemics among them questioning one or the other) and they very much ignore each other (they do not make use of mutual achievements and results). The indicator of a relatively low stage of scientific development of Yugoslav sociology is the lack of consistent prescription in equipping scientific works and a rare presence of co-author works. The consequences of such development and of the position of sociology as science are perilous. Without the interaction of theory and empirics which is the principal purpose of each science, including sociology, then the conditions for further scientific development do not exist.

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