W.I. Thomas, Robert K. Merton, and the Definition of a Common Situational Approach

Author/s Vincenzo Romania
Publishing Year 2014 Issue 2014/104 Language Italian
Pages 19 P. 40-58 File size 91 KB
DOI 10.3280/SR2014-104002
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This articles aims to demonstrate how it is possible to compare the sociologies of William Isaac Thomas and Robert K. Merton, defining a common situational approach. This would result in a third alternative between symbolic interactionism and functionalism, that tries to go beyond the limits of the two approaches in terms of: abstractness, scarce attention to power dynamics, implicit or explicit acceptance of status quo, weak operationalization. The author focused on the biographical and intellectual contacts between the two scholars and on analogies at an epistemological, methodological and theoretical level. Finally, the situational approach is connected with the more recent developments in sociological theory.

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Vincenzo Romania, W.I. Thomas, Robert K. Merton, and the definition of a common situational approach in "SOCIOLOGIA E RICERCA SOCIALE " 104/2014, pp 40-58, DOI: 10.3280/SR2014-104002