By John Scott
This accomplished and authoritative assertion of basic rules of sociological research integrates ways which are frequently visible as at the same time particular. John Scott argues that theorising in sociology and different social sciences is characterized by means of the applying of 8 key rules of sociological research: tradition, nature, process, constitution, motion, space-time, brain and improvement. He considers the imperative contributions to the learn of every of those dimensions of their ancient series with a purpose to deliver out the cumulative personality of information. exhibiting that a few of the ideas might be mixed in one disciplinary framework, Scott argues that sociologists can paintings so much productively inside of an highbrow department of labour that transcends man made theoretical and disciplinary alterations. Sociology presents the vital rules for conceptualising the social, however it needs to co-exist productively with different social technological know-how disciplines and disciplinary parts.
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The concepts used to organise thought are not formed extra-linguistically and only then expressed in language. Rather, the lin guistic form is a condition for the formation of concepts (von Humboldt 1 83 6 : 2 1 4) . 10 Language constitutes cultural contents in individual minds and is the mechanism of cultural transmission. It is language that unites the shapeless stream of consciousness with specific sounds and so allows the contents of consciousness to be manipulated as 'ideas' in the indi vidual mind and so to be communicated from one person to another (Saussure 1 9 1 6: 1 1 1 - 1 2) .
It is the 'collective forces' or tendencies generated by the circulation of collective representations that produce the tendencies and disposi tions that motivate individuals to act in one way or another (Durkheim 1 897: 299) . These forces - the 'currents' of opinion and feeling that circulate through a society - affect individuals from the 'outside'. Each 24 C u lture : the S o cialisation o f Meaning individual receives representations (often contradictory) from those with whom he or she associates.
Cultural codes are integral elements in structures of power and, as such, have an 'ideological' character as discursive forms of power relations. 3 Nature : C onditions and Constraints Human beings are the products of their culture, but they are also the products of their nature . They exist as biological organisms that live in particular physical environments on which they depend and which they transform. Human behaviour cannot be understood without taking account of this natural basis, and some have argued that nature must be seen as the primary determinant of human behaviour.
Conceptualising the Social World: Principles of Sociological Analysis by John Scott