The Methodological Individualism as the Proper Form of the Keményian Cognition

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The article will present István Kemény’s research work, its theoretical roots, methodological characteristics and the unique character of his knowledge production, primarily in the context of his research on Hungarian Gypsies, carried out in the 1970s. The article consists of three closely related parts. The first chapter examines how Kemény’s works present and apply the Weberian concepts of methodological individualism, objectivity and lifestyle. The second chapter analyses the relationship between Kemény’s private and scientific career. The third part outlines the differences between Kemény’s research work and mainstream Hungarian sociology in the 1960-70's.

Released: Replika 104, 31–43.
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