Connell, R. W. 1997. “Why is Classical Theory Classical?” American Journal of Sociology 102(6): 1511–1557.

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This provocative article traces the roots of the sociological canon to the colonial project, which Connell argues came “at the price of narrowing sociology’s intellectual scope and concealing much of its history.” Essential reading for anyone interested in the creation of theoretical paradigms (or the shifting of them).