where the analogy breaks down

As a comment on my last post, the always astute Jenn Lena writes:

Charge admission at the door, award donated prizes, and I think we’re on our way to the start-up funds needed to launch SocSci, the professional association.

If you follow psychology, you know that one of their main journals is Psychological Science, which has a nice naming affinity with our discipline’s ascendant outlet Sociological Science. Psychology also has the American Psychological Association, but many psychologists are not happy with it, for various reasons. So Psychological Science is funded by a second professional association that is more focused on psychology research, called the Association for Psychological Science (APS). So perhaps one could dream about an analogous phenomenon where Sociological Science inspires an Association for Sociologica–well, the problem with completing that sentence is that the same one that the current major professional organization of our discipline faced until it changed its name in 1930.

Author: jeremy

I am the Ethel and John Lindgren Professor of Sociology and a Faculty Fellow in the Institute for Policy Research at Northwestern University.

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