The CLR James Journal

Volume 29, Issue 1/2, Fall 2023

Anton L. Allahar
Pages 61-83

The Sociology of Development and the Underdevelopment of Sociology

In the present essay my aim is first to review and extend Frank’s thinking on ‘the sociology of development,’ and second, I will attempt to apply his insights to some of the new or present-day directions in sociological theory and research with a view to showing how they might be seen as contributing to ‘the underdevelopment of sociology.’ Beginning with the vision of the founding fathers of sociology broadly understood, I will argue that that vision and the promise of sociology are being lessened by the aforementioned new directions in the discipline.