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25.08.2022 | Original Article

The Continuity of the Social Sciences During COVID-19: Sociology and Interdisciplinarity in Pandemic Times

verfasst von: Mathieu Deflem

Erschienen in: Society | Ausgabe 6/2022

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Abstract

I argue that the COVID-19 pandemic presents an opportunity for sociologists and other social scientists to focus their scholarship on this apparently new event, while applying theoretical and methodological traditions that were established during pre-pandemic times. I substantiate this argument by critically reviewing published sociological research on COVID-19, especially as it developed early on during the pandemic, in the light of the historical development and original ambitions of sociology and other social sciences. Evaluating these contributions, I make a case for the value of a collaborative notion of interdisciplinarity to analyze the multi-dimensional dynamics of the COVID-19 pandemic from the viewpoint of various disciplines. On the basis of sociological work on celebrity culture during the pandemic, I argue that this task can be accomplished without resorting to all too readily made judgments concerning the unprecedented nature of the pandemic. Studying the multiple dimensions of the pandemic, each of the social sciences can usefully contribute to interdisciplinary research by relying on the proven perspectives of their respective disciplinary orientations and specialty areas.
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Metadaten
Titel
The Continuity of the Social Sciences During COVID-19: Sociology and Interdisciplinarity in Pandemic Times
verfasst von
Mathieu Deflem
Publikationsdatum
25.08.2022
Verlag
Springer US
Erschienen in
Society / Ausgabe 6/2022
Print ISSN: 0147-2011
Elektronische ISSN: 1936-4725
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s12115-022-00763-3

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