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The Sacred Project of American Sociology$
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Christian Smith

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199377138

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199377138.001.0001

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(p.189) Chapter 8 Conclusion
The Sacred Project of American Sociology

Christian Smith

Oxford University Press

This chapter summarizes the entire argument of the book, underscoring and highlighting major points about sociology’s spiritual project, the sacred and not merely political nature of the project, and the ways that the project damages sociology’s best contribution in science and education. The conclusion considers the likely ways that this book will be received and alternative ways that American sociologists might respond to the argument, given the problems of political bias, the narrowness of ideology in sociology, disciplinary defensiveness in sociology. The final chapter sets the author’s argument in the larger context of challenges and impending reforms of American higher education.

Keywords:   sociology, sacred, spiritual, political biases, ideology, disciplinary defensiveness

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