A follow up on Treasures of Sociology: can the sociology of quantification also benefit from a journey through the gems of national sociology? Jesús Ibáñez’s great paper on “The Measures of Society” is freely available from the website of the Revista Española de Investigaciones Sociológicas. Check that out:
“When we are subjected to the sexuality device, we get payed in pleasure. When we are subjected to the numeral system of currency, we get payed in money. When we are subjected to the nominal system of language, we get payed in prestige. Quantitative sociologists receive considerable money and prestige, but little pleasure. Qualitative sociologists receive considerable pleasure, but little money or prestige.” (from Jesús Ibáñez, “Las medidas de la sociedad”, Revista Española de Investigaciones Sociológicas, 29, 1985, pp. 85-127)
The paper (roughly) is about the emergence of life, then people and then sociologists (quantitative, though) in the universe. But it is useful.