*Lee Sigelman died December 21, 2009, the day SSQ accepted this article. All correspondence should be directed to Susan Welch, 110 Sparks Bldg., Penn State, University Park, PA 16803 〈email@example.com〉. Susan Welch also retains the data on which the article is based.
Terminological Interchange Between Sociology and Political Science*
Article first published online: 25 OCT 2010
© 2010 by the Southwestern Social Science Association
Social Science Quarterly
Volume 91, Issue 4, pages 883–905, December 2010
How to Cite
Sigelman, L. (2010), Terminological Interchange Between Sociology and Political Science. Social Science Quarterly, 91: 883–905. doi: 10.1111/j.1540-6237.2010.00740.x
- Issue published online: 25 OCT 2010
- Article first published online: 25 OCT 2010
Objectives. To determine how frequently disciplinary terminology moves from discipline to discipline and to measure how long it takes for a term to be established in another discipline.
Methods. Using sociology and political science as case studies, core concepts in each discipline are identified and their usage in the home and the other (adoptive) discipline assessed through a content analysis of three top journals in each field.
Results. Movement of concepts between the two disciplines is sparse, though political science is more of a borrower from sociology than the reverse.
Conclusions. Interdisciplinary ideas have not been likely to flourish in leading disciplinary outlets over the past century, and there seems to be little reason to expect major departures from the patterns documented here.