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Professing Sociology

Studies in the Life Cycle of Social Science, 1st Edition

Edited by Irving Horowitz

Routledge

387 pages

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Professing Sociology was originally published at a time when sociology commanded widespread interest and public funding. Written by one of the leaders of "the new sociology" of the late sixties, this volume captures the nature and intensity of the field's intellectual foundations and scope. It reveals the field's post-World War II development as a scientific discipline and as a profession, and includes the author's most significant writings on critical trends shaping the field.

Irving Louis Horowitz divides the life cycle of sociology into three main sections. The first deals with the inner life of sociology, covering basic theoretical issues uniting and dividing the profession. In a second section, Horowitz shows the institutions and sources from which the struggle of ideas is nourished. A third section shows how political life shapes the inner life of American sociology. Horowitz gives a great deal of attention to international social science, to the relationship of social science to public policy, and to federal projects and grant agencies and their effects on research.

Irving Louis Horowitz was undoubtedly influential in shaping his field, and Professing Sociology offers valuable insights into how ideas become part of the fabric of professional life. As the new introduction by Howard G. Schneiderman shows, Professing Sociology provides a clear picture of sociology at the height of its importance.

Table of Contents

Introduction to the Transaction Edition, by Howard G. Schneiderman
Preface
I. THE INNER LIFE OF SOCIOLOGY
1. Consensus, Conflict, and Cooperation
2. Scientific Criticism and the Sociology of Knowledge
3. Social Science Objectivity and Value Neutrality
4. Crime, Custom, and Culture
5. A Formalization of the Sociology of Knowledge
6. The Sociology of Social Problems
7. On Alienation and the Social Order
8. Social Deviance and Political Marginality
II. THE ACADEMIC LIFE OF SOCIOLOGY
9. On Learning and Teaching Sociology
10. Establishment Sociology
11. Sociology for Sale
12. Anthropology for Sociologists
13. Max Weber and the Spirit of American Sociology
14. Mainliners and Marginals
15. From Social Psychology to Social Performance
III. THE POLITICAL LIFE OF SOCIOLOGY
16. Functionalist Sociology and Political Ideologies
17. International Social Science Research
18. Social Science and Public Policy
19. The Life and Death of Project Camelot
20. Federally Sponsored Overseas Research
21. Social Science "Fiction" and the Americanization of Conflict
22. Social Indicators and Social Policies
23. Social Science Yogis and Military Commissars
NAME INDEX
SUBJECT INDEX

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOC026000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General