Book Review : The arrest of sociology


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Colin Campbell, Has Sociology Progressed? Reflections of an Accidental Academic, Palgrave
Macmillan: Cham, 2019; xviii + 134 pp.: ISBN 9783030199777, £44.99 (hbk)

A new book from Colin Campbell, the distinguished British sociologist, asks a disquieting question:
Has sociology progressed? Campbell concludes that our discipline has made little progress in the past half-century. This essay describes what Campbell means by progress, and the factors that,
on his account, impede it. The discussion focuses on one such obstacle: the politicization of the university. The older current of ideological advocacy, that Campbell highlights, is today bolstered
by a newer development: ideological policing. This is a posture that attacks free expression and viewpoint diversity. The fate of sociology hinges on colleagues grasping the dangers of such
policing and finding ways to check it. Remedial measures are suggested.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)123-137
Number of pages15
JournalInternational Sociology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2020


  • Ideological advocacy
  • ideological policing
  • progress
  • research
  • scholarship
  • sociology
  • the university


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    Translated title of the contribution: Book Review: The Arrest of SociologyBAEHR, P., 21 Sept 2020, In: Sotsiologicheskie Issledovaniya. 2020, 9, p. 3-15 13 p.

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