First Forum of Russian Sociologists – a New Stage in USSR Sociology Institutionalizing

First Forum of Russian Sociologists – a New Stage in USSR Sociology Institutionalizing

Boronoev A.O.

Dr. Sci. (Philos.), Honorary Prof., Saint-Petersburg State University, Saint-Petersburg, Russia

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Boronoev A.O. First Forum of Russian Sociologists – a New Stage in USSR Sociology Institutionalizing. Sotsiologicheskie issledovaniya [Sociological Studies]. 2019. No 3. P. 129-136


Conferences, congresses, symposiums and other similar academic activities are playing an important role in the institutionalization of science. The author argues such activities should be treated as an essential factor for representing scientific issues, research results, forming scientific communities and their identity. In this connection the first symposium of Soviet sociologists (1966) along with the foundation of the Soviet Sociological Association (1958) and the Institute for Specific Sociological Researches (1968) are viewed in the article as an evidence of the revival of sociology in Soviet Union as a separate science. It is emphasized the Soviet sociology established as a scientific domain has been reborn after interruption of the Russian sociological traditions. The author underlines that development of Russian sociological heritage is going on and the retrospective studies are particularly needed.

institutionalization; symposium; conference; revival; rebirth; Soviet sociology; Russian sociology; the first symposium of Soviet sociology; reconstruction; sociological heritage; continuity


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