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What is the link between sociology of innovation and sociology? A simmelian reading

Gérald Gaglio 1
1 Tech-CICO - TECHnologies pour la Coopération, l’Interaction et les COnnaissances dans les collectifs
ICD - Institut Charles Delaunay, CNRS - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique : FRE2732
Abstract : This article examines the contribution of the sociology of innovation to sociology. This relationship cannot be appreciated unequivocally, highlighting only the positive arguments. This is why the sociological methodology of Simmel is mobilized because it emphasizes the duality of social phenomena and the need to address them under different prisms. As a result, from variations around four themes, we are required to defend the following ideas : the sociology of innovation, in a broad sense, has to claim a specific eye, conscious of movement but also attentive to stabilization moments ; a sequenced and diachronic vision, common to many research within sociology of innovation could also be a landmark for other fields of sociology. Sociology of innovation based on values is then promoted. It would therefore help to go beyond an object(s) sociology and would be able to continue debates related to theory of action.
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Gérald Gaglio. What is the link between sociology of innovation and sociology? A simmelian reading. Cahiers de recherche sociologique, Dép. de sociologie. Université du Québec à Montréal, 2012, pp.49-72. ⟨10.7202/1023191ar⟩. ⟨hal-02888968⟩

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