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Our contempt for description

2021-02-03 20:29
One central reason for sociology’s disappearance from the public mind has been our contempt for description. The public wants description, but we have despised it. Focusing on causality alone, we refuse to publish articles of pure description […]. But we who like to imagine ourselves responsible for the public’s knowledge of society despise description […]. (Abbott, 1998, p. 173)

"...taking the descriptive seriously entails rethinking explanation itself...” (Savage, 2009, p. 160)

— Abbott, A. (1998). The causal devolution. Sociological Methods & Research, 2, 148-181.

— Savage, M. (2009). Contemporary sociology and the challenge of descriptive assemblage. European Journal of Social Theory, 12(1), 155–174.

— As cited in: Lim, I. T. (2019). The imaginary as method.“Lyrical sociology” as a heuristic of sociological description. Österreichische Zeitschrift für Soziologie, 44(2), 139-155.