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Analysing and Overcoming the Sociological Fragmentation in Europe - ANOVASOFIE, EUR 22407

Funded under: FP6-CITIZENS


Anovasofie which started in 2004 and ended in 2006 is more than a mere research project. On the one hand, Anovasofie's goals were in the analysis of the fragmentation of European sociology. On the other hand, Anovasofie tries to provide instruments in order to overcome this fragmentation. The project includes, therefore, studies about the status of sociology in order to understand its special problems of being fractured into different subfields and national sociologies that do not communicate with each other sufficiently. This is, therefore, a study about non-communication or about the disability of communication within the scientific field. Marx once said that philosophers only want to interpret the world, however, it is important to change it. At least somewhat, we wanted to follow this guideline and create instruments to facilitate communication between sociologists of different nations and subfields. Thus, the project has an analytic and a pragmatic aspect. In order to satisfy this two attempts Anovasofie includes two main research packages: 1) the creation of a virtual library (pragmatic aspect); and 2) to study sociologists who are involved as public intellectuals and to investigate the structure of some national sociologies (analytic aspect). Whereas the second research package helps to understand the fragmentation of European sociology the first one should help to overcome it

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