Social Science in the Crucible: The American Debate over Objectivity and Purpose, 1918–1941

Social Science in the Crucible: The American Debate over Objectivity and Purpose, 1918–1941

by Mark C. Smith
     
 

ISBN-10: 0822314843

ISBN-13: 9780822314844

Pub. Date: 09/21/1994

Publisher: Duke University Press Books

The 1920s and 1930s were key decades for the history of American social science. The success of such quantitative disciplines as economics and psychology during World War I forced social scientists to reexamine their methods and practices and to consider recasting their field as a more objective science separated from its historical foundation in social reform. The…  See more details below

Overview

The 1920s and 1930s were key decades for the history of American social science. The success of such quantitative disciplines as economics and psychology during World War I forced social scientists to reexamine their methods and practices and to consider recasting their field as a more objective science separated from its historical foundation in social reform. The debate that ensued, fiercely conducted in books, articles, correspondence, and even presidential addresses, made its way into every aspect of social science thought of the period and is the subject of this book.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822314844
Publisher:
Duke University Press Books
Publication date:
09/21/1994
Pages:
360
Product dimensions:
6.36(w) x 9.19(h) x 1.25(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction3
1American Social Science: Moralism and the Scientific Method13
2Wesley Mitchell and the Quantitative Approach49
3Charles Merriam and Technical Expertise84
4Robert Lynd and Knowledge for What?120
5Charles Beard and Activist Social Science159
6Harold D. Lasswell and the Lost Opportunity of the Purposive School212
Conclusion253
Notes271
Index336

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