ON RELATIONS BETWEEN THE INFLUENCE, AFFLUENCE AND PHENOMENAL CONGRUENCE OF SCIENCES AS THEY AFFECT SOCIOLOGY'S FUTURE
BUREAU OF SOCIAL SCIENCE RESEARCH INC WASHINGTON DC WASHINGTON DC
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A series of inferential hypotheses suggest that the social influence, affluence and phenomenal congruence of a social science are in reciprocal functional relationship. When a knowledge form becomes more pertinent it becomes more influential. As it becomes more influential it receives greater allocation of resources. With these allocations of resources it increases its descriptive and prescriptive power. At the same time, work in a science is facilitated when institutional arrangements take forms that accord with the postulates and conceptual apparatus of a science. The influence of a science on institutions and social behavior increases such accord. The process can continue to where fine details of the social order have been arranged in accordance with prescriptive implications derived from the science. Thus, in summary, sociology not only will become more influential as it becomes more scientific. It will become more scientific because it becomes more influential.