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Sociological Fact and Discursive Fiction

Richard Harper, Bannon
We consider the issues surrounding the selection of "type of sociology" in the CSCW area. We suggest that the social facts of the sociological institution have important implications for how effective sociology can be. Two particular aspects are of interest. First, how the rhetoric of sociological discourse obscures the nature of the discipline; and second, how this rhetoric is a reflexive feature of factional competitiveness. It will be argued that this rhetoric and factionalism can be said to be healthy features of sociology itself but when located in a new domain, such as CSCW, they can severely restrict and threaten the effective use of sociology as an interpretative tool.
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