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The Americanization of social science : intellectuals and public responsibility in the postwar United States

Author: David Paul Haney
Publisher: Philadelphia : Temple University Press, 2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The author outlines the development of sociology and examines why it failed to develop into a force in the intellectual currents of the United States. Arguing that sociologists attempted to develop both a science and an instrument for the spread of humanistic concern about society, the author shows how both attempts failed to connect sociology with larger questions of policy and social progress. It also discusses  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: David Paul Haney
ISBN: 9781592137138 159213713X 9781592137145 1592137148
OCLC Number: 145379677
Description: xii, 283 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction --
The postwar campaign for scientific legitimacy --
Quantitative methods and the institutionalization of exclusivity --
Social theory and the romance of American alienation --
Theories of mass society and the advent of a new elitism --
Fads, foibles, and autopsies: unwelcome publicity for diffident sociologists --
Pseudoscience and social engineering: American sociology's public image in the fifties --
The perils of popularity: public sociology and its antagonists --
Conclusion: the legacy of the scientific identity.
Responsibility: David Paul Haney.
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Offering an introduction to and an overview of postwar social science in the United States, this title explores a critical period in the evolution of American sociology's professional identity. It  Read more...

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