Kazuo Seiyama

Position: 
Deputy Director of Research Center for Science Systems
Affiliation: 
Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, Tokyo, Japan
Former President of the Japan Sociological Society (JSS)
Discussion – Key Debates, Viewpoints & Interviews

Beyond Methodological Nationalism – The Significance of Promoting International Joint Research in Sociology

2019, issue 43, Kazuo Seiyama: Since the beginning of Japanese sociology, about 150 years ago, the main problem has been, “What is modernity, and how can Japanese society become a modern society?”. With this problem in mind, Japanese sociologists have passionately studied the theoretical and empirical exploration of modernity in Europe and the United States, absorbing many of them. The way of approaching this problem, among Japanese sociologists, was historically divided into two.

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