Abandon canon in American sociology

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Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to challenge the practice of having, using and constructing any canon in the sociological theory. This paper argues that the elitism of American sociology and the forms of inequality it engenders are sustained by the construction of a canon itself. Design/methodology/approach: This paper adopts a conceptual approach to examine the problems of research practice, academic writing, inequality and empirical translation that canonical thinking engenders within the academy and beyond. Findings: Reflecting on the problems outlined, this paper articulates a more democratic agenda for treating canon in research and education by drawing upon standards of practice in ethnography, participatory action research and Southern Theory. Originality/value: This paper interrogates the relations of domination that remain at work in the discipline and that which concern the elite position of American sociology itself.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)494-504
Number of pages11
JournalInternational Journal of Sociology and Social Policy
Issue number5-6
Publication statusPublished - 28 May 2019


  • Higher education
  • Social theory

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)


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