Globalization of Sociology to the Sociology of Globalization

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Habibul Haque Khondker, Zayed University

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Indian Sociology

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Sociology, in the words of its putative founder, August Comte (1798–1857), is both a science of society and humanity. The other, much older founder of sociology, Ibn Khaldun (1332–1406) too envisioned a universal history (and sociology too), as did Polybius in the second century BCE. Following these leads, this chapter examines the potential of sociology as an academic discipline as a global enterprise with claims of universality and the challenges it faces around the world. One of the sources of the challenge is that the world is unequal not only in politico-economic terms but also in intellectual traditions. The hegemony of the West in the creation and dissemination of knowledge superimposed on material inequality poses a huge challenge for creating social science for common humanity. The chapter aims to examine the spread of sociology as an academic discipline both as a pedagogical subject in higher educational institutions as well as a research programme in various countries in the global South. This chapter also examines the challenges and possibility of bridging the two competing demands of universalizing and indigenizing sociology. The chapter argues that “glocal” rather than “global” sociology which supersedes and synthesizes “national sociologies” provides a framework for incorporating both universal tenets of global sociology and the programmatic concerns of indigenized, local sociology.


978-981-99-5137-6, 978-981-99-5138-3


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Globalization, Global sociology, Japan, China, Korea, India, Egypt

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