Edited By Adela Elena Popa, Hasan Arslan, Mehmet Ali Icbay and Tomas Butvilas
The Sociology of Sociology as a Reflective Analysis of the Changes in Sociological Doctoral Theses
Introduction Sociology is “a discipline which examines social lives of humans, groups and socie- ties” (Giddens, 2000: 2), “an important social science which tries to understand and explain social world in its own genuine way” (Erkul & Esgin, 2013: 350) and “a scientific and humanistic discipline which sees society as an objective struc- ture created by human actions” (Swingewood 2010: 347). According to Bauman, sociology, which can be defined in various ways, is “primarily a way of thinking about human world” (2012: 17) and “ongoing series of activities which include testing human interactions against new interests, new experiences, adding new information to accumulated human knowledge and change of information in this process” (2012: 9). The discipline of sociology is about how we see, perceive, and explain this world, how we act inside it, and what form this social world takes. (Wallance & Wolf, 2012: 23). Therefore, in order to gain an understanding of existing knowledge in the social world and to enable them to lead to new information (as opposed to accepting them as “unchangeable knowledge”), a sociological way of thinking should be adopted (Birkök, 1998: 1). Scientific studies, being an area where the sociological way of thinking becomes visible, are very important in this regard. In this research, our essential points are sociology doctoral dis- sertations (PhD theses). Sociology, in spite of being a West originated science, has been studied ear- lier and in many countries around the world. For the term “society-science,” which is nowadays defined as sociology, it...
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