Departmental Papers (ASC)

Document Type

Journal Article

Date of this Version

11-1999

Publication Source

Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science

Volume

566

Issue

1

Start Page

144

Last Page

155

DOI

10.1177/000271629956600112

Abstract

This article is a call for volunteers to stand on the shoulders of Gabriel Tarde and Pitirim Sorokin, who dared to theorize the process of diffusion over a wide variety of disciplines. While all of the social sciences and humanities regularly produce case studies of diffusion, theorizing seems paralyzed. This paralysis stems from the ostensible incommensurability of diffusing items; their refusal to hold still in transit; the complexity of their interactions with the cultures, social structures, and media systems in which potential adopters are embedded; the difficulty of reconciling voluntary action and external imposition; and the lack of a disciplinary home.

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The final, definitive version of this article has been published in the Journal, Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, Vol.566, 1999, © SAGE Publications, Inc. 1999 at the Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science page: http://ann.sagepub.com/ on SAGE Journals Online: < a href="http://online.sagepub.com/">http://online.sagepub.com/

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Date Posted: 19 April 2011