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Sociology and American Studies: A Case Study in the Limits of Interdisciplinarity.
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PMID:  22131556     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
American Studies is an academic discipline whose object of study is the United States of America and everything associated with it, and American sociologists largely ignore it. American Studies largely ignores American sociology. What causes this mutual exclusion? An outline of the disciplinary history of American Studies and journal article citation data show that the relationship between sociology and American Studies is weak and asymmetrical; American Studies cites sociology more often, but very little and not by much. I argue that mutual exclusion is due to mutual distrust in methods: sociology sees itself as a science, while American Studies, with roots in history and literature, does not. This article serves as a case study in the limits of interdisciplinarity.
Joshua Kjerulf Dubrow
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2011-4-8
Journal Detail:
Title:  The American sociologist     Volume:  42     ISSN:  0003-1232     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2011 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-12-1     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0245122     Medline TA:  Am Sociol     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  303-315     Citation Subset:  -    
Institute of Philosophy and Sociology, Polish Academy of Sciences, 72 Nowy Swiat, 00-330 Warsaw, Poland.
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