American Sociological Association

Fuck Nuance

Nuance is not a virtue of good sociological theory. Although often demanded and superficially attractive, nuance inhibits the abstraction on which good theory depends. I describe three “nuance traps” common in sociology and show why they should be avoided on grounds of principle, aesthetics, and strategy. The argument is made without prejudice to the substantive heterogeneity of the discipline.

Authors

Kieran Healy

Volume

35

Issue

2

Starting Page

118

Ending Page

127