Does political science actually fit under the social science category that is sociology? Why or why not?

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  • 3 weeks ago

    Absolutely.  I have degrees in both.  Political science and sociology share many of the same theoretical paradigms.  Positivism, functionalism, interpretivism, and critical theory are taught in both types of classes.  However, certain theoretical frameworks and methodologies are going to be different, given the differences in the focal points of each.  You don't really hear about institutionalism, elite theory, or realism in sociology.  I do not remember hearing much about ethnomethodology or phenomenology in political science.  However, both are about finding the interrelationships between variables and developing theories to exist social structures.  That's the core of what social science is about.

  • Bobo
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Sociologists would prefer to keep politics from their hallowed halls so as not to taint their conclusions with influence that is not purely "scientific".  The truth is that you cannot separate politics from any of the theories and opinions that constitute sociology.  So the answer to your question is yes.  Sociology really only exists in academia and for that reason, the "academics" make the rules. 

  • JJ
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    The politics section is full of trolls and you probably don't want that here.

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