In this keynote talk from the 2014 British Sociological Association conference, Steve Fuller talks about “Sociology as the Science of Human Uplift”. I was struck when listening to his discussion of the early history of the discipline in the UK, particularly the notion of sociology as a synthetic discipline orientated towards social change, by the parallels to what Chris Smith has recently written about as the Sacred Project of American Sociology. Is Steve Fuller talking about the sacred project of UK sociology? I think his historical claims could be usefully articulated in terms of Smith’s notion and the exercise would be more historiographically plausible when applied to pre-disciplinary and early disciplinary currents in UK Sociology than it was with American sociology. In this case, it seems that the project was lost and that Fuller is arguing for its (cautious) retrieval.
Unfortunately it seems the BSA have disabled embedding so you’ll have to watch the video of Steve’s talk here.
Categories: Committing Sociology