Joe R. Feagin, Anthony M. Orum, and Gideon Sjoberg
The Present Crisis in U.S. Sociology
In this book we have considered the nature of case studies at length and have shown various examples of case studies. To conclude the book, we wish to raise a few new issues and to repeat several others that have come up in the course of our discussion. We turn first to talk about a bifurcation that has become increasingly evident in the field of sociology--between "book sociology," on the one hand, and "article sociology," on the other. Sociology is not the only social scientific discipline that displays this bifurcation; it is evident in political science and to some extent in economics, though it is not as much in evidence in anthropology. Thus, even though we frame our discussion primarily in sociological terms, our general points, we believe, also have some bearing on the work now done in companion fields in the social sciences.
Most memorable sociological research in the twentieth century has taken the form of case studies designed to probe one social phenomenon in depth. The general agreement, among sociologists of various perspectives, that Street Corner Society, Tally's Corner, Union Democracy