Arguing for an analytical turn in sociology

Fernando Aguiar, Andrés De Francisco, José Antonio Noguera

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In the last years an important group of social scientists has felt the need to promote an analytical turn in sociology. This need is due to the fact that some influential sociological trends have slid down the slope of irrationalism, conceptual imprecision, theoretical vagueness and scientific and explanatory futility. The analytical turn would imply, then, to set sociology on a sound basis again. Spanish sociology has been alien neither to the declining of sociology as scientific discipline nor to the analytical turn. So this paper wants to contribute to the current debate starting from the dissection of the present state of the discipline, laying the foundations of analytical sociology, and, finally, defending it against frequent misreadings and accusations.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)437-456
JournalRevista Internacional de Sociologia
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2009


  • Analytical Sociology
  • Methodolgoical pluralism
  • Microfoundations
  • Normative sociology
  • Rationality


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