Here is the second cranky sociologist illustration by Kevin Moore. A full, larger sized image  can be found in the gallery. As before, we appreciate the links but don’t take the image without asking.

Harriet Martineau (1802 – 1876) was not only the English translator of Comte’s work but a sociologist in her own right, committed to positivism but also social reform. She applied the sociological imagination before the expression was coined by Mills, studying both the large structures of society (with an attention to class, race, and gender before it became customary to do so) and their impact on various categories of people, especially marginalized ones in their daily lives.

She believed sociology should be an empirical science, dedicated to objectivity, but also should be able to evaluate societies on their own terms (for instance, was the US really committed to equality in fact and not just in principle… that’s an empirical question).

That is most certainly a cranky sociology kind of question.

One thought on “Classical Cranky Sociologist: Harriet Martineau

  1. […] sociologists at the Cranky Sociologists blog. The above is Harriet Martineau, about whom you can read more here. I will add, though, that given Martineau outsold Dickens during her time, it is sad she is not […]

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