The Chicago School of Sociology

Institutionalization, Diversity, and the Rise of Sociological Research
Author: Martin Bulmer
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 9780226080055
Category: Social Science
Page: 285
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From 1915 to 1935 the inventive community of social scientists at the University of Chicago pioneered empirical research and a variety of qualitative and quantitative methods, shaping the future of twentieth-century American sociology and related fields as well. Martin Bulmer's history of the Chicago school of sociology describes the university's role in creating research-based and publication-oriented graduate schools of social science. "This is an important piece of work on the history of sociology, but it is more than merely historical: Martin Bulmer's undertaking is also to explain why historical events occurred as they did, using potentially general theoretical ideas. He has studied what he sees as the period, from 1915 to 1935, when the 'Chicago School' most flourished, and defines the nature of its achievements and what made them possible . . . It is likely to become the indispensible historical source for its topic."—Jennifer Platt, Sociology

Städtischer Raum im Wandel/Espaces urbains en mutation

Modernität - Mobilität - Repräsentationen/Modernités - mobilités - représentations
Author: Gabriele Clemens,Jean El Gammal,Hans-Jürgen Lüsebrink
Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG
ISBN: 3050088834
Category: History
Page: 436
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Die Beiträge europäischer Forscherinnen und Forscher beleuchten die Probleme, Herausforderungen, Formen und Bilder, die mit städtischer Entwicklung einhergehen, aus zumeist vergleichender und auch interdisziplinärer Perspektive. Geschichte, Literatur, Soziologie, Architektur, Kino oder Interkulturalität – auf vielfältige Art werden am Beispiel vor allem deutscher und französischer Städte verschiedene Aspekte der Modernität herausgearbeitet. Die Hauptfragestellungen widmen sich sozialen Gruppen, Migrationsströmen, Integrations- und Ausschlussphänomenen, Orten der Soziabilität, Kulturveranstaltungen, Erzählformen sowie theoretischen Analysen. Die transatlantische Dimension, also der Vergleich europäischer Gegebenheiten und amerikanischer Spezifika, wird anhand von Einzelfallstudien und über unterschiedliche Denkansätze erforscht. Die Beiträge zur Stadtforschung geben so, im zeitlichen Rahmen vom 17. Jahrhundert bis hin zur Schwelle des 21. Jahrhunderts, den Forschungsstand verschiedener Disziplinen wieder und untersuchen die Relevanz zeitgenössischer Herangehensweisen.

Age of System

Understanding the Development of Modern Social Science
Author: Hunter Heyck
Publisher: JHU Press
ISBN: 1421417103
Category: Education
Page: 272
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Before the Second World War, social scientists struggled to define and defend their disciplines. After the war, "high modern" social scientists harnessed new resources in a quest to create a unified understanding of human behavior—and to remake the world in the image of their new model man. In Age of System, Hunter Heyck explains why social scientists—shaped by encounters with the ongoing "organizational revolution" and its revolutionary technologies of communication and control—embraced a new and extremely influential perspective on science and nature, one that conceived of all things in terms of system, structure, function, organization, and process. He also explores how this emerging unified theory of human behavior implied a troubling similarity between humans and machines, with freighted implications for individual liberty and self-direction. These social scientists trained a generation of decision-makers in schools of business and public administration, wrote the basic textbooks from which millions learned how the economy, society, polity, culture, and even the mind worked, and drafted the position papers, books, and articles that helped set the terms of public discourse in a new era of mass media, think tanks, and issue networks. Drawing on close readings of key texts and a broad survey of more than 1,800 journal articles, Heyck follows the dollars—and the dreams—of a generation of scholars that believed in "the system." He maps the broad landscape of changes in the social sciences, focusing especially intently on the ideas and practices associated with modernization theory, rational choice theory, and modeling. A highly accomplished historian, Heyck relays this complicated story with unusual clarity.

Founders, Classics, Canons

Modern Disputes over the Origins and Appraisal of Sociologys Heritage
Author: Peter Baehr
Publisher: Transaction Publishers
ISBN: 1412861888
Category: Social Science
Page: 310
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Founders, classics, and canons have been vitally important in helping to frame sociology’s identity. Within the academy today, a number of positions—feminist, postmodernist, postcolonial—question the status of “tradition." In Founders, Classics, Canons, Peter Baehr defends the continuing importance of sociology’s classics and traditions in a university education. Baehr offers arguments against interpreting, defending, and attacking sociology’s great texts and authors in terms of founders and canons. He demonstrates why, in logical and historical terms, discourses and traditions cannot actually be “founded" and why the term “founder" has little explanatory content. Equally, he takes issue with the notion of “canon" and argues that the analogy between the theological canon and sociological classic texts, though seductive, is mistaken. Although he questions the uses to which the concepts of founder, classic, and canon have been put, Baehr is not dismissive. On the contrary, he seeks to understand the value and meaning these concepts have for the people who employ them in the cultural battle to affirm or attack the liberal university tradition.

On Location

Heritage Cities and Sites
Author: D. Fairchild Ruggles
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 9781461411086
Category: Social Science
Page: 244
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On Location: Heritage Cities and Sites merges the material and the social perspectives of preservation and historical interpretation in urban landscapes. The essays in this volume focus on the social life of historic cities and large-scale sites. They examine the ways that cities are dynamically changing as they are made and then remade by the people who inhabit or simply visit them, and concentrate on change, pluralism, and fragmentation. The strength of On Location: Heritage Cities and Sites is its comparative approach to both theory and grounded research. It includes an introductory essay that explains the heritage principle under study--the challenges of scale in the environment of a city or large complex--and its development as seen in the policy instruments of ICOMOS, UNESCO, and other major heritage organizations.The combination of wide-ranging case studies (including essays on North America, South America, Central America, the Middle East, and Europe) and the theoretical background make this volume an invaluable asset for researchers in archaeology, urban studies, art and architecture, cultural heritage, public policy, and tourism.

Education and Social Change

Contours in the History of American Schooling
Author: John L. Rury
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317497368
Category: Education
Page: 262
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This brief, interpretive history of American schooling focuses on the evolving relationship between education and social change. Like its predecessors, this new edition adopts a thematic approach, investigating the impact of social forces such as industrialization, urbanization, immigration, globalization, and cultural conflict on the development of schools and other educational institutions. It also examines the various ways that schools have contributed to social change, particularly in enhancing the status and accomplishments of certain social groups and not others. Detailed accounts of the experiences of women and minority groups in American history consider how their lives have been affected by education, while "Focal Point" sections within each chapter allow the reader to hone in on key moments in history and their relevance within the broader scope of American schooling from the colonial era to the present. This new edition has been comprehensively updated and edited for greater readability and clarity. It offers a revised final chapter, updated to include recent change in education politics and policy, in particular the decline of No Child Left Behind and the impact of the Common Core and movements against it. Further additions include enhanced coverage of colonial and early post-colonial American schooling, added materials on persistent issues such as race in education, an updated discussion of the GED program, and a closer look at the role of technology in schools. With its nuanced treatment of both historical and contemporary factors influencing the modern school system, this book remains an excellent resource for investigating and critiquing the social, economic, and cultural development of American education.

Public Practice

Cultivating Citizenship at U.C. Berkeley and University of Chicago, 1890-1945
Author: William Andrew Talcott
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Citizenship
Page: 400
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Heritage on stage

the invention of ethnic place in America's Little Switzerland
Author: Steven D. Hoelscher
Publisher: Univ of Wisconsin Pr
ISBN: N.A
Category: History
Page: 327
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Describes how New Glarus, Wisconsin, rediscovered, cultivated, and marketed its Swiss identity

The Gospel of Scholarship

Pierce Butler and a Critique of American Librarianship
Author: John V. Richardson
Publisher: Scarecrow Press
ISBN: N.A
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 350
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Pierce Butler is considered one of library science's greatest intellects. With appendixes including a complete list of Butler's publications, course offerings, graduate students, and selected sermons.

Books for College Libraries: Social sciences


Author: Association of College and Research Libraries
Publisher: Amer Library Assn
ISBN: 9780838933541
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Page: 541
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This third edition lists 50,000 titles that form the foundation of an undergraduate library's collection. This volume covers the social sciences.