chapter  6
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The relevance of theory

In conclusion, a developmental or evolutionary framework, when sufficiently developed, seems to be one of the most adequate ways in which the sociologist can acquire a sense of history. Such an insight might not only give his theories a more dynamic and developmental character, it might also help him to become interested in less abstract, more significant and real problems - real in the sense that they arise within a certain historical and cultural context and are relevant to the preoccupations of men and women living in such a culture. For instance, I do not see any reason why more attention should be given to such abstract problems as the relationship between organisational productivity and morale in general, and not to more topical and concrete problems such as the organisational dynamics of the eND movement.