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  • 1 Hudson County Community College 8511 Tonnelle Avenue 07047 North Bergen N. J. (USA) 8511 Tonnelle Avenue 07047 North Bergen N. J. (USA)
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Abstract  

A number of observers have commented that American sociology has recently experimenced a shift in its cognitive structure. In order to empirically investigate these observations, citations in the two most prominent sociological journals during 1955 and 1970 are examined. The data indicate that (a) various theory groups account for a relatively small percentage of authors cited during either period, (b) a number of the earlier theory groups are less prominent than they once were, and (c) there is evidence of the emergence of one new theory group.