Sociology In America: A History by Craig CalhounSociology In America: A History by Craig Calhoun

Sociology In America: A History

EditorCraig Calhoun

Paperback | March 1, 2007

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Though the word “sociology” was coined in Europe, the field of sociology grew most dramatically in America. Despite that disproportionate influence, American sociology has never been the subject of an extended historical examination. To remedy that situation—and to celebrate the centennial of the American Sociological Association—Craig Calhoun assembled a team of leading sociologists to produce Sociology in America.

Rather than a story of great sociologists or departments, Sociology in America is a true history of an often disparate field—and a deeply considered look at the ways sociology developed intellectually and institutionally. It explores the growth of American sociology as it addressed changes and challenges throughout the twentieth century, covering topics ranging from the discipline’s intellectual roots to understandings (and misunderstandings) of race and gender to the impact of the Depression and the 1960s.

Sociology in America will stand as the definitive treatment of the contribution of twentieth-century American sociology and will be required reading for all sociologists.


Andrew Abbott, Daniel Breslau, Craig Calhoun, Charles Camic, Miguel A. Centeno, Patricia Hill Collins, Marjorie L. DeVault, Myra Marx Ferree, Neil Gross, Lorine A. Hughes, Michael D. Kennedy, Shamus Khan, Barbara Laslett, Patricia Lengermann, Doug McAdam, Shauna A. Morimoto, Aldon Morris, Gillian Niebrugge, Alton Phillips, James F. Short Jr., Alan Sica, James T. Sparrow, George Steinmetz, Stephen Turner, Jonathan VanAntwerpen, Immanuel Wallerstein, Pamela Barnhouse Walters, Howard Winant

Craig Calhoun is president of the Social Science Research Council and professor of sociology and history at New York University. He is the editor or coeditor of several volumes and author of Nationalism and Neither Gods nor Emperors. Contributors: Andrew Abbott, Daniel Breslau, Craig Calhoun, Charles Camic, Miguel A. Centeno, Patricia ...
Title:Sociology In America: A HistoryFormat:PaperbackDimensions:880 pages, 9 × 6 × 2.1 inPublished:March 1, 2007Publisher:University of Chicago PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

ix Preface

ONE Sociology in America: An Introduction Craig Calhoun

TWO The American Spencerians: Theorizing a New Science Daniel Breslau

THREE Thrice Told: Narratives of Sociology's Relation to Social Work Patricia Lengermann & Gillian Niebrugge

FOUR A Life in the First Half-Century of Sociology: Charles Ellwood and the Division of Sociology Stephen Turner

FIVE Knowledge from the Field Marjorie L. DeVault

SIX Pragmatism, Phenomenology, and Twentieth-Century American Sociology Neil Gross

SEVEN On Edge: Sociology during the Great Depression and the New Deal Charles Camic

EIGHT Hot War, Cold War: The Structures of Sociological Action, 1940-1955 Andrew Abbott & James T. Sparrow

NINE American Sociology before and after World War II: The (Temporary) settling of a Disciplinary Field George Steinmetz

TEN Orthodoxy, Heterodoxy, and Hierarchy: "Mainstream" Sociology and its Challengers Craig Calhoun & Jonathan VanAntwerpen

ELEVEN From Relevance to Irrelevance: The Curious Impact of the Sixties on Public Sociology Doug McAdam

TWELVE The Culture of Sociology in Disarray: The Impact of 1968 on U.S. Sociology Immanuel Wallerstein

THIRTEEN Assessing the Feminist Revolution: The Presence and Absence of Gender in Theory and Practice Myra Marx Ferree, Shamus Rahman Khan & Shauna A. Morimoto

FOURTEEN Feminist Sociology in the Twentieth Century United States: Life Stories in Historical Context Barbara Laslett

FIFTEEN Sociology of Race and W.E.B. DuBois: The Path Not Taken Aldon D. Morris

SIXTEEN The Dark Side of the Force: One Hundred Years of the Sociology of Race Howard Winant

SEVENTEEN Pushing the Boundaries or Business as Usual? Race, Class, and Gender Studies and Sociological Inquiry Patricia Hill Collins

EIGHTEEN Criminology, Criminologists, and the Sociological Enterprise James F. Short Jr. with Lorine A. Hughes

NINETEEN Betwixt and Between Discipline and Profession: A History of Sociology of Education Pamela Barnhouse Walters

TWENTY Internationalism and Global Transformations in American Sociology Michael D. Kennedy & Miguel A. Centeno

TWENTY-ONE Defining Disciplinary Identity: The Historiography of U.S. Sociology Alan Sica

Appendix: Histories of American Sociology: Readings and Resources Alton Phillips & Jonathan VanAntwerpen

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"A long-awaited and necessary first step toward a historians' history of the discipline."