No more grand theories

25 June 2013 | Story by Newsroom

Professor Michael Young

Society has become too complex for analysis using grand narratives, such as those advanced by Karl Marx, Max Weber and Emile Durkheim. This is according to emeritus professor Michael Young from the University of London after his review of research on professions in light of these grand theorists of sociology. Young, from the School of Lifelong Education and International Development at the Institute of Education, was recently hosted by UCT's Centre for Higher Education Development (CHED). He is a Mellon Visiting Scholar and will be mentoring five UCT researchers in the field of professional knowledge.

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