This book utilizes narratives from U.S. and Caribbean scholars to examine the viability of sociologists changing the world from below through sporadic interdependent networks (Piven 2008). The conclusion reached is that in its current state, the academy can do little to improve conditions in society, as sociologists are themselves embattled by defeating narratives revolving around: poor personal experiences; the recalcitrance of Old World history; European epistemological meta-narratives, and; the multi-paradigmatic criteria for determining sociological knowledge. If sociologists are to finally influence society then the academy has to first overcome its calcified European and Anglo-American principles of domination.
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About the Author
O. Alexander Miller is an independent scholar.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Introduction: Rationale for Research, Research Methodology Chapter 2: Can Sociologists Effect Social Progress? Chapter 3: Recounting the Recalcitrance of Old World Narratives Chapter 4: Defeating Meta-Narratives in the Rise of Sociology Chapter 5: Fundamentals of Caribbean Sociology Chapter 6 Conclusion