Charles H. Page's Fifty Years in the Sociological Enterprise reminisces about the five decades he has spent as a teacher, writer, and editor, and is of enduring value in understanding the sociological pursuit.t
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About the Author
Charles H. Page received an A.B. from the University of Illinois and a Ph.D. from Columbia. He has taught at City College of New York, Smith, Princeton, Columbia, California at Santa Cruz, and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where his is Robert M. MacIver Professor of Sociology Emeritus. He is author of Class and American Sociology, co-author of Sociology and Contemporary Education, Society: An Introductory Analysis, and Sport and Society, and co-editor of Freedom and Control in Modern Society.
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A goldmine for historians of sociology, including many revealing trivia about sides of sociology not found in its journals (such as the fact that in the early 1960s Marion Levy graced the campus of Princeton in bib overalls).... Page [has] remained a champion and loyal critic of the sociological enterprise. He shows respect for a diversity of methods in sociological inquiry (encouraged no doubt by his Columbia office-mate for a period, Paul Lazarsfeld), but his emphasis continues to be on 'the humanistic tradition of sociology,' which he finds 'all too often forgotten in our age of scientistic ascendancy.' As a veteran advocate of classical social theory, social criticism, and the search for a more humane social order, Charles Page is clearly a central figure in the history of the sociological enterprise, despite his modest self-appraisal. We have all benefited from his journey, and will benefit from this retelling of it.
Reading these pages one has the strong sense of having encountered a man passionately involved with ideas, who yet never lost the sense that ideas count only insofar as they are rooted in the give-and-take of social affairs. Page is a humble man who tends to underplay his own accomplishments even as he sometimes overplays the accomplishments of others. The fact is, however, that without him and a small number of his contemporaries, not all of them 'big names,' contemporary sociology would not have assumed its present shape. As both insider and outsider, as gadfly and devoted editor, writer, and teacher, Page has been among the true makers of modern American sociology.