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Practice and Progress

British Sociology 1950-1980, 1st Edition

Edited by Philip Abrams, Rosemary Deem, Janet Finch, Paul Rock


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Originally published in 1981 Practice and Progress is a collection examining the changes that have occurred in the theories, methodologies and practices of sociology, in the institutional and educational setting of the subject, and in British society. The themes pursued include the professionalization of sociology its development and standing in the universities; the impact on it of Marxism and feminism and the major debates over positivism and empiricism, quantitative methods, linguistic analysis; and numerous other crucial methodological and theoretical concerns.

Table of Contents


Part I: Intellectual Debates and Institutional Contexts

1. Professionalism in British Sociology, J.A. Barnes

2. Sociology as a Parasite: Some Vices and Virtues, John Urry

3. Oxbridge Sociology: The Development of Centres of Excellence, Anthony Heath and Ricca Edmonson

4. The Collapse of British Sociology, Philip Abrams

Part II: Sociological Knowledge: Creation and Practice

5. The Social Construction of ‘Positivism’ and its Significance in British Sociology, 1950-80, Jennifer Platt

6. The Anti-Quantitative Bias in Post-war British Sociology, Christopher T. Husbands

7. Towards a Rehabilitation of Data, Maureen Cain and Janet Finch

8. W(h)ither Sociological Methodology?: Generalisation and Comparative Method, Peter Abell

9. Sociological Practice and Language, Michael Philipson

Part III: Marxism and Feminsim: Radical Interventions in Sociology

10. Sociologies and Marxisms: the Odd Couples, Leslie Sklair

11. The Division of Labour Revisited or Overcoming the Two Adams, Margaret Stacey



About the Series

Routledge Library Editions: British Sociological Association

The volumes in this set, originally published between 1969 and 2001, is comprised of original books published in conjunction with the British Sociological Association. The set draws together original research by leading academics based on study groups and conference papers, in the areas of youth, race, the sociology of work, gender, social research, urban studies, class, deviance and social control, law, development, and health. Each volume provides a rigorous examination of related key issues. This set will be of particular interest to students and academics in the field of sociology, health and social care, gender studies and criminology respectively.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General