The History of the Social Sciences since 1945

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Overview

This compact volume covers the main developments in the social sciences since the Second World War. Chapters on economics, human geography, political science, psychology, social anthropology, and sociology will interest anyone wanting short, accessible histories of those disciplines, all written by experts in the relevant field; they will also make it easy for readers to make comparisons between disciplines. A final chapter proposes a blueprint for a history of the social sciences as a whole. Whereas most of the existing literature considers the social sciences in isolation from one other, this volume shows that they have much in common; for example, they have responded to common problems using overlapping methods, and cross-disciplinary activities have been widespread. The focus throughout the book is on societal pressures on knowledge production rather than just theoretical lineages. This book is noteworthy because it • Is the first book that puts together histories of the main social sciences since World War II, each written by a discipline specialist • Enables the readers to realize that what they see as specific to their own discipline is in fact common to several • Contains a chapter that proposes a blueprint for a history of the social sciences as a whole

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521889063
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 5/24/2010
  • Pages: 268
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Roger E. Backhouse was a lecturer at University College London and at the University of Keele, before moving to the University of Birmingham in 1980, where he has been Professor of the History and Philosophy of Economics since 1996. In 2009 he took a part-time position at Erasmus University Rotterdam. After writing two textbooks on macroeconomics, he moved into the history of economics and methodology, on which he has published many articles in the leading journals, including History of Political Economy, Journal of the History of Economic Thought and European Journal of the History of Economic Thought. His books include A History of Modern Economic Analysis (1985), Economists and the Economy (1994), Truth and Progress in Economic Knowledge (1997) and The Penguin History of Economics (2002) (published in North America as The Ordinary Business of Life [2002]). Books he has edited include The Cambridge Companion to Keynes (with Bradley W. Bateman). He has been review editor of the Economic Journal, editor of the Journal of Economic Methodology and associate editor of the Journal of the History of Economic Thought.

Philippe Fontaine is Professor of Economics in the Department of Economics at the École Normale Supérieure de Cachan and a Senior Fellow of the Institut Universitaire de France. In 2003–4, he was Ludwig Lachmann Research Fellow at the Department of Philosophy of the London School of Economics and Political Science. He is the co-editor of The Unsocial Social Science? Economics and Neighboring Disciplines Since 1945 (Duke University Press, 2010). He has written for a number of journals including Economics and Philosophy, History of Political Economy, Isis and the British Journal of Sociology. He is Associate Editor of the Revue de Philosophie Économique. In 2005, he received the Best Article Award of the Forum for the History of Human Science. In 2008, he was the recipient of the prix d'excellence en sciences sociales (Foundation Mattei Dogan/CNRS).

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Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors

Preface

1 Introduction 1

2 Psychology Philippe Fontaine Fontaine, Philippe 16

3 Economics Mitchell G. Ash Ash, Mitchell G. 38

4 Political Science Roger E. Backhouse Backhouse, Roger E. 71

5 Sociology Mark Bevir Bevir, Mark 102

6 Social Anthropology Jennifer Platt Platt, Jennifer 136

7 Human Geography Adam Kuper Kuper, Adam 155

8 Toward a History of the Social Sciences Ron Johnston Johnston, Ron 184

Index Philippe Fontaine Fontaine, Philippe 235

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