The “Vocation” Redux: A Post-Weberian Perspective from the Sociology of Knowledge.
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Hamati-Ataya, I. (2018). The “Vocation” Redux: A Post-Weberian Perspective from the Sociology of Knowledge.. Current Sociology, 66 (7), 995-1012. https://doi.org/10.1177/0011392118756472
This article engages the Weberian view on the scholarly vocation from a perspective informed by ‘strong reflexivity’. The reflexivist perspective is grounded in a sociological understanding of knowledge that calls for a coherent reformulation of the relation between the social nature and social function of science, and of the cognitive and axiological posture of scholarship understood as socio-political praxis. Drawing on the sociology of knowledge, the article argues that Weber’s perspective is untenable conceptually and practically. Strong reflexivity, here illustrated through Standpoint Feminism and Bourdieusian sociology, permits a coherent delineation of the problem of the scholarly vocation, in a way that reconciles the social origins, efficacy and responsibility of science, and hence allows for a more realist reformulation of the cognitive, social and moral dilemmas we face as scholars, educators, and citizens.
External DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/0011392118756472
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