Order and Control in American Socio-Economic Thought

Social Scientists and Progressive-Era Reform

By Charles McCann

© 2012 – Routledge

298 pages

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pub: 2012-01-15
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About the Book

The Progressive Era is generally regarded as a period of extraordinary social, political, and economic change, affecting virtually every aspect of American life. In the last decades of the nineteenth century, American social scientists, drawing on their experiences with the German social welfare system, became increasingly interested not merely in identifying problems, but in prescribing means by which to effect social change. This book is an effort to identify the various influences upon critical thinkers, and to examine their approaches to solving the social problems of the time.

Table of Contents

Preface. Acknowledgments. 1. An Introduction to Progressivism 2. Lester Frank Ward: Progenitor of American Progressivism 3. Degeneracy and Directed Order: Charles Horton Cooley and Progressive-Era Sociology 4. Edward Alsworth Ross: The Need for Social Control 5. Richard Theodore Ely: Christian Socialist and Prophet of Paternalism 6. Henry Carter Adams and the Regulatory State 7. Prolegomenon to the Social Philosophy of John Dewey. Conclusion

About the Author

Charles R. McCann, Jr., is a research associate in the Department of Economics, University of Pittsburgh, USA.

About the Series

Routledge Frontiers of Political Economy

In recent years, there has been widespread criticism of mainstream economics. This has taken many forms, from methodological critiques of its excessive formalism, to concern about its failure to connect with many of the most pressing social issues. This series provides a forum for research which is developing alternative forms of economic analysis. Reclaiming the traditional 'political economy' title, it refrains from emphasising any single school of thought, but instead attempts to foster greater diversity within economics.

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BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / General
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BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Economic History
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BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Economics / Theory
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HISTORY / North America
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HISTORY / United States / 19th Century
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HISTORY / United States / 20th Century
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POLITICAL SCIENCE / History & Theory