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  1. Provocation on Reproducing Perspectives: Part 4.Stephen Turner - 1988 - Social Epistemology 2 (2):185-187.
    In the heyday of functionalist sociology and anthropology it was common to speak of the 'functional requisites' or basic functions of societies, one of which was what Parsons called pattern maintenance, a term which referred primarily to the reproduction of social practices through the socialization of children. Marxists speak of the base of social formations, and include in this the reproduction of capitalist work relations. A common thread in the two concepts is the thought that there are necessary conditions for (...)
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  • The Origins of 'Mainstream Sociology' and Other Issues in the History of American Sociology.Stephen Turner - 1994 - Social Epistemology 8 (1):41 – 67.
    The writing of history typically involves opinions that cannot be established by historical evidence. This 'involvement' takes two main forms: first, the intimation of evaluative opinions is often the point of historical narratives; and second, as Weber maintained, opinion plays a constitutive role-the identification of historical objects, of explanatory problems, and perhaps even the selection of solutions to these problems is governed by opinions or commitments that cannot be proven historically. The comments of both Bulmer and Camic, for example, presume (...)
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  • A Plea for Applied Geology.Paul Lucier - 1999 - History of Science 37 (117):283-318.
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