Theory, Epistemology and Critical Rural Sociology

Bonanno, Alessandro
Swanson, Louis E.
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International Journal of Sociology of Agriculture and Food

This paper would like to provide an alternative to the Marx-Weber dichotomy which has recently emerged in rural sociological studies. It consists of the re-proposition of critical sociology as a mode of scientific investigation which, while remaining within the Marxian tradition, addresses many of the central concerns of Weberian scholarship. Though a merger between Marx and Weber is not proposed, it is assumed that a lack of knowledge of critical sociology has hampered further development of the theoretical debate in rural sociology. More importantly, this lack of knowledge has prevented the diffusion of the basic tenets of critical sociology among sociologists concerned with the study of agriculture and food, limiting their ability to inform empirical investigations and to instruct students.

Article originally published in International Journal of Sociology of Agriculture and Food
Marx-Weber dichotomy, critical sociology, scientific investigation, Rural Sociology
Bonanno, Alessando, Swanson, Louis E.(1992) Theory Epistemology and Critical Rural Sociology.” International Journal of Sociology of Agriculture and Food, 2, 143-158.