American Sociological Association

Featured Essays: Problem-Solving Sociology

Ronald Reagan said an economist is someone who asks, “it may work in practice, but will it work in theory?” In that regard sociologists do not seem much different from economists. In sociology today a scholar could solve the problem of genocide, and someone somewhere would say “yes, but what is this a case of?” The urge to “theorize”—to pull out general implications from a specific situation, to see the universe in the grain of sand—is deeply rooted in our discipline and assumed as a requirement of scholarly publication.

Authors

Monica Prasad

Volume

47

Issue

4

Starting Page

393

Ending Page

398