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A History of Sociology in BritainScience, Literature, and Society$
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A. H. Halsey

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780199266609

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2004

DOI: 10.1093/0199266603.001.0001

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Literature or Science?

Literature or Science?

(p.15) 1 Literature or Science?
A History of Sociology in Britain

A. H. Halsey

Oxford University Press

There was always a struggle between science and literature for ownership of the intellectual territory of social criticism and social reform. Balzac's La comedie humaine was the nineteenth century French beginning of literary claim to possession. The struggle never ceased and is now centred on battles over cultural studies as opposed to scientific method. Is schism or reconciliation the solution? Ideally, there is toleration but not necessarily institutional integration.

Keywords:   cultural studies, literature, mass observation, post modernism, quantification, relativism, science

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