Sociology Transformed

Sociology in South Africa

Colonial, Apartheid and Democratic Forms

Authors: Sooryamoorthy, Radhamany

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  • Fills a significant lacuna in our understanding of education and research in South Africa
  • Brings the impact of South Africa's political history to the fore
  • Demonstrates how apartheid caused the division, fragmentation and disintegration of sociology
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About this book

This book is the first comprehensive account of the history and current state of South African sociology. Providing a holistic picture of the subject both as it is taught in universities and as a field of research, it reveals the trajectories of a discipline in a challenging socio-political context. With the support of historical and scientometric data, it demonstrates how the changing political situation, from colonialism to apartheid to democracy, has influenced the nature, direction and foci of sociological research in the country. The author shows how, during the apartheid era, sociology was professionally fragmented and divided along language and race lines. It was, however, able to flourish with the advent of democracy in 1994 and has become a unique academic movement. This insightful work will appeal to students and scholars of the social sciences, and all those interested in the history and society of South Africa. 





About the authors

R. Sooryamoorthy is Professor of Sociology at the University of KwaZulu- Natal, South Africa. 

Reviews

“Sooryamoorthy offers a wealth of data that indicates not only the number and kinds of publications that are being generated in the country but also who South African researchers are collaborating with, research topics in different fields, how frequently South African publications are being cited, and recommendations on how the fields can be strengthened.” (Zeb Larson, Journal of Global South Studies, Vol. 35 (1), 2018)

“The book is historically well-informed and written in an easy-to-read style. One strength in this regard is the cross-tabulation of quantitative and qualitative data, combined, from the South African Sociological Review (SARS) and the Web of Science (WoS) … . Radhamany Sooryamoorthy’s Sociology in South Africa is a must-read book for those interested in the development of sociological traditions in different nations, and the political, institutional, and theoretical contexts in which the discipline is embedded.” (José Katito, International Sociology Reviews, Vol. 33 (5), 2018)


“Sooryamoorthy (Univ. of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa) offers an informative, slim book applying the quantitative ‘scientometric’ methodology of counting the books, articles, dissertations, departments, grants, and the number of sociologists in the country since 1903, when a philosopher delivered the first sociological conference paper in South Africa. … Summing Up: Recommended. All levels/libraries.” (B. Agozino, Choice, Vol. 54 (6), February, 2017)


“The work deals with the period from the subject’s local genesis in the early twentieth century through to the present time. … I feel that overall the book affords the reader an opportunity to grasp the origins and development of academic sociology in South Africa as a single gestalt. … this book is one which I strongly feel all sociologists, but particularly those in South Africa, should read and reflect on.” (Geoff Waters, Transformation Critical Perspectives on Southern Africa, Vol. 93, 2017)

“Sooryamoorthy has made a valuable contribution to global sociology by producing the first full book-length study of the development and nature of South African sociology. … He has given South African sociology a voice within the global system of social knowledge production. … is a balanced and informative account of South African sociology. Hopefully it will inspire a new generation of sociologists to develop the African-centred sociology that is so desperately needed in this southern tip of Africa.” (Edward Webster, South African Journal of Science, Vol. 113 (7-8), 2017)


Table of contents (6 chapters)

Table of contents (6 chapters)

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Hardcover 57,19 €
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Sociology in South Africa
Book Subtitle
Colonial, Apartheid and Democratic Forms
Authors
Series Title
Sociology Transformed
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-40325-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-40325-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-40324-3
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-82080-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 156
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations
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