Age of System: Understanding the Development of Modern Social Science

Age of System: Understanding the Development of Modern Social Science

by Hunter Heyck


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781421417103
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date: 09/01/2015
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Hunter Heyck is an associate professor and chair of the Department of the History of Science at the University of Oklahoma. He is the author of Herbert A. Simon: The Bounds of Reason in Modern America.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction. The Organizational Revolution and the Human Sciences 1

1 High Modern Social Science: A Bird's-Eye View 18

2 Patrons of the Revolution: Ideas, Ideals, and Institutions in Postwar Social Science 51

3 The Magical Year 1956, Plus or Minus One 81

4 Producing Reason 126

5 Modernity and Social Change in American Social Science 143

6 A Model Science 159

Conclusion. History and Legacy, the Tree and the Web 194

Appendix: The Journal Survey 207

Notes 217

Index 253

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"In Age of System, Hunter Heyck links broad changes of theoretical orientation in the postwar social sciences in the United States to new sources of funding, private foundations as well as federal agencies. Their support created an elite of movers and shakers with unprecedented power to remake institutions and dictate methods. A bold, deeply researched, and innovative account of social science in what seemed like an age of unlimited possibility."

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