Just like other part of the world, “Social science has been shaped by dynamic competition between academic and political power” argued by Prof. Jian-Bang Deng in our second book series (19/3/2021) entitled above. Entitled “Social Science and Transformation of Society: An Observation from Sociology Development in Taiwan”, Prof. Deng – a professor of sociology in Tamkang University and a former visiting professor in the PSSAT/CESASS – identifies three stages in the development of sociology in Taiwan, and covers three main roles of sociology: sociology as a marginal science, sociology as a challenger to the state power, and sociology as a reflective science.
Book Discussion Series #1 on “Social Science in the Age of Transformation and Disruption: Its Relevance, Role and Challenge”
The first – from eleven – book discussion series on CESASS’ edited volume: “Social Science in the Age of Transformation and Disruption: its Relevance, Role and Challenge” was lively on Monday (1/1/2021). Prof. Dr. Hermin Indah Wahyuni, the director of Cesass opened the discussion. Strongly committed to revitalizing social science, she invited more engagement for social scientists now and in the future. The book is originated from an international symposium on social science organized by Cesass in 2018 (https://ugm.ac.id/id/agenda/431-international-symposium-on-social-science-2018). Consisting of eleven chapters from fourteen international authors, this first discussion was a tribute to the late Dr. Herry Priyono, SJ., who contributed his thought on: “Social Science and the Pedagogy of Transformation” (chapter 5).
SOCIAL SCIENCE IN THE AGE OF TRANSFORMATION AND DISRUPTION: Its Relevance, Role, and Challenge
Edited by Hermin Indah Wahyuni and Vissia Ita Yulianto
In soul and spirit, the social sciences seek not to take things for granted, but rather critically understand our social world both in theory and in practice. There are huge challenges ahead, as increasingly complex social issues are entangled with the most interdependent global society ever. Within this context, the social sciences must bring about a more just, equal, and inclusive society by conducting more grounded interdiscipilinary research in responding to the critical issues of our time.