Modernization of the structure of sociological knowledge and the place and role of the sociological reflection of transport in this context

  • I. G. Shapoval National Aviation University
  • Y. I. Yakovenko Kyiv National Taras Shevchenko University
Keywords: transport, sociology of transport, reflection, branch sociology, development, institutionalization, mimicry, modernization


The modern world, with its furious pace of life, in all its spheres of development, is impossible without communications and connections. It is impossible to describe all the consequences of social, spiritual, psychological, modern means of information. But along with the intensive development of computer local and global grids such as the Internet, telecommunications, etc., the undercover transport sector remains. In sociology there is a tradition to divide the structure of sociological knowledge into theoretical sociology, the theory of the middle level, the empirical basis of science, which must be generalized, thanks to the theoretical foundations of sociology, in the theories of the middle level. The article will discuss the «sociology of transport». The following circumstances justify this topic. The epoch of globalization is determined by the exceptional role of transport and communication. Therefore, according to the model of the proclamation of the of the Earth-science, the industrial revolution, the science of transport and communication as a super-complex science of the era of the communication revolution comes to the fore. The sociology of transport looks like an integral part of it along with transport economics, transport medicine, legal principles of transport, and so on. Transport is a complex consisting of separate types: railway, sea, river, automobile, pipeline and air. They have their own peculiarities, advantages, disadvantages and scope. They interact with each other and form a transport system that develops under the influence of the economy as a whole and its individual branches. The main content of the article is to reveal the definition of the directions of modernization of the structure of sociological knowledge in Ukraine and ways of overcoming it through a discussion of contradictions in this matter. An attempt to explain why choices should be made in sociology, regarding ways to modernize the structure of special and branch sociologies. Attempts to explain the expediency of describing the sociology of transport as a branch of the structure of the sociological system of knowledge and pointed to the main prospects for further development of this branch of sociology, because recently sociologists have lost the prestige of their work and are trying to give their articles the status of useful science, in order to receive funding for conducting further studies, some sociologists resort to mimicry. Mimicry in sociology manifests itself in various ways, in particular, by offering pseudo-new areas of research (which is stated, for example, in such improper editions as «military sociology» or «martial sociology» or «sociology of professionalism» and continue to insist on some kind of innovation. In our opinion, such a variety of innovations for a sociological center in Ukraine serves as a threat to the loss of its scientific identity and integrity, and subsequently it may lead to further profanation of sociology in Ukraine. It has been established that the sociology of transport in its formation and development should go in the institutional direction, integrating the main results obtained by world sociology in its reflections on: economics, education, management, organizations, labor, migration, disasters, tourism, professional groups.


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How to Cite
Shapoval, I. G., & Yakovenko, Y. I. (2018). Modernization of the structure of sociological knowledge and the place and role of the sociological reflection of transport in this context. Grani, 21(2), 16-24.