is the killer fork
of the discipline
s of this variety tend to publish more (articles
, whatever) and do less field work
. Their work is usually based on the work
of less famous
researchers. This (naturally) causes a lot of friction
in the academic world and leads to a lot of fingerpointing
books start selling in large quantities.
Some distinguishing features of (alleged) pop sociology:
All of this said, many sociologists branded with this dubious distinction did little to deserve it. Publishing outside of academic journals will often provoke a firestorm of criticism from the writer's peers.