The Americanization of Social Science: Intellectuals and Public Responsibility in the Postwar United States / Edition 1

The Americanization of Social Science: Intellectuals and Public Responsibility in the Postwar United States / Edition 1

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by David Haney
     
 

In this, a unique history of the America's postwar intellectual, David Paul Haney outlines the developoment of sociology as a discipline and why, given its focus of study, 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

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In this, a unique history of the America's postwar intellectual, David Paul Haney outlines the developoment of sociology as a discipline and why, given its focus of study, 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 socity, Haney shows how both attempts failed to connect sociology with larger questions of policy and social progress. 

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781592137138
Publisher:
Temple University Press
Publication date:
01/28/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
296
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.60(d)

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Table of Contents

Preface     vii
Acknowledgments     xi
Introduction     1
The Postwar Campaign for Scientific Legitimacy     22
Quantitative Methods and the Institutionalization of Exclusivity     46
Social Theory and the Romance of American Alienation     68
Theories of Mass Society and the Advent of a New Elitism     88
Fads, Foibles, and Autopsies: Unwelcome Publicity for Diffident Sociologists     122
Pseudoscience and Social Engineering: American Sociology's Public Image in the Fifties     172
The Perils of Popularity: Public Sociology and Its Antagonists     203
Conclusion: The Legacy of the Scientific Identity     233
Bibliography     253
Index     277

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