1st Edition

The Development of Sociology in the Soviet Union

By Elizabeth Ann Weinberg Copyright 1974
    192 Pages
    by Routledge

    The Development of Sociology in the Soviet Union (1974) examines the institutionalisation of sociology in the Soviet Union. Of primary concern are the obstacles to and mechanisms for the acceptance of sociological inquiry. The study shows how sociology was advanced as a legitimate discipline in the Soviet Union in the post-Stalin years. The social characteristics of Soviet sociologists, the institutional framework within which they work, and the theoretical assumptions underlying their research are analysed. In a survey of areas of research of concern to Soviet sociologists, including time budget research, labour sociology and social stratification, emphasis is placed on the purported relation between these areas and wider aspects of Soviet society. Public opinion research, an area of particular significance in Soviet sociology, is examined in depth.

    1. Historical Background  1.1. The post-Revolutionary Situation  2. Soviet and Bourgeois Sociology  2.1. The Soviet View of Bourgeois Sociology  3. The Theory of Research  4. The Sociologists  4.1. Training and Research Institutes  4.2. The Soviet Sociological Association – Sixth World Congress of Sociology  4.3. Journals  5. Areas of Research  5.1. Time Budget Research  5.2. Labour  5.3. Social Structure and Stratification  5.4. Marriage, the Family, Byt, Divorce and the Woman’s Role  5.5. Urban Development, City Planning and Urban–Rural Relations  5.6. Criminology and Juvenile Delinquency  5.7. Religion  6. Public Opinion Research  7. Conclusion


    Elizabeth Ann Weinberg held an B.A. from Vassar College, an M.A. from Harvard University, and a Ph.D. from the University of London. At the time of writing The Development of Sociology in the Soviet Union, she was Lecturer in Sociology at the London School of Economics.