Diverse Histories of American Sociology

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This volume presents views of American sociology from minority groups and important intellectual movements that did not merge into the mainstream. Coinciding with the centenary of the American Sociological Association, it provides little-known background information to the development of the field. A first section highlights tensions between impartial scientific sociology and scientific social reform. A second section uncovers the experiences of female, African American, and Latino pioneers in the field, as well as a sociologist from a religious minority. A third section traces the organizational history of the field, including gendered, racial, regional, and outsider perspectives. A final section focuses on several neglected trajectories. With this volume, American sociology can be seen in its full context.

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'Too often academic celebrations of the past do not tell it like it really was. In the case of the centennial of US sociology, mainstream celebrations are creating myths of white men inventing bold new sociological research and teaching, yet ignore the foundational role of the many women and minority scholars who were the first pioneers in empirical sociology. In contrast, this extensive and carefully researched collection portrays sociology like it really was -- and to a significant extent, unfortunately, like it really remains today.'
Joe Feagin.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789004143630
  • Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/9/2005
  • Pages: 464
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Anthony J. Blasi, Ph.D. (1974) in Sociology, University of Notre Dame, is Professor of Sociology at Tennessee State Univeristy. Recent books: History of Sociological Research and Teaching at Catholic Notre Dame, and Transition from Vowed to Lay Ministry in American Catholicism.
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Table of Contents

1 The settlement as a factor in the labor movement 3
2 A private trouble behind the gendered division of labor in sociology : the curious marriage of Robert E. Park and Clara Cahill Park 18
3 The scholar practitioners; the development of clinical sociology in the United States 40
4 The neglected contributions of female sociologists in the American South 59
5 The early sociological legacy of W. E. B. Du Bois 74
6 The legacy of Julian Samora : development of theory for the study of undocumented immigration 96
7 The sociology of William J. Kerby of Catholic University 111
8 Jesse Lawson and the National Sociological Society of 1903 127
9 Resisting sociology's seductive name : Frederick J. Teggart and sociology at Berkeley 141
10 Women, African Americans, and the ASA, 1905-2005 178
11 "Blooming in the noise of the whirlwind" : from caucus of black sociologists to the Association of Black Sociologists 207
12 Intellectual wasteland or garden of Eden? : sociology in the American South before 1950 229
13 Sociology at women's and black colleges, 1880s-1940s 260
14 Sociology in American higher education 317
15 Chicago in 1930 : Maurice Halbwachs' outsider view of the city and its sociologists 323
16 Veblen, Innis, and the classic tradition : North American economic sociology 339
17 Sociology in Hawai'i : beginnings 360
18 Community studies as trajectories in the development of sociology 370
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