How to Declutter Sociology:

A Manifesto

Edmund Chattoe-Brown University of Leicester

Abstract This article argues that if being a professional sociologist entails too many unproductive intellectual commitments (which appear to have accumulated quietly over time as commitments do) then the result may be fatigue and loss of enthusiasm. By analogy with the recent informal movement for decluttering (reducing the commitments entailed by material possessions for greater psychological wellbeing) I list some candidates for unproductive commitments in sociology and explore the nature of their potentially demotivating effects. 

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