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Sociology and Its Publics

The Forms and Fates of Disciplinary Organization

Sociology faces troubling developments as it enters its second century in the United States. A loss of theoretical coherence and a sense of disciplinary fragmentation, a decline in the quality of its recruits, the cooptation of its clients, a muted public voice, and sinking prestige in governmental circles—these are only a few of the trends signalling a need for renewed debate about how sociology is organized. In this volume, some of the most authoritative voices in the field confront these conditions, offering a variety of perspectives as they challenge sociologists to self-examination.

448 pages | 16 line drawings, 22 tables | 6 x 9 | © 1992

Heritage of Sociology Series

Sociology: General Sociology

Table of Contents

Series Editor’s Foreword
Introduction: Sociology’s Fragile Professionalism
Terence C. Halliday
1. External Influences on Sociology
Neil J. Smelser
2. War and Peace on the Sociological Agenda
Lester R. Kurtz
3. Recruiting Sociologists in a Time of Changing Opportunities
William V. D’Antonio
4. Sociology, Other Disciplines, and the Project of a General Understanding of Social Life
Craig Calhoun
5. American Sociology since the Seventies: The Emerging Identity Crisis in the Discipline
Diana Crane and Henry Small
6. Universities without Contract Research
Samuel Z. Klausner
7. Sociology Departments and Their Research Centers: An Essential Tension?
Halliman H. Winsborough
8. Trained Incapacities of Sociologists
Albert J. Reiss, Jr.
9. The Growth of Applied Sociology after 1945: The Prewar Establishment of the Postwar Infrastructure
Martin Bulmer
10. The Rhetoric of Sociology and Its Audience
Alan Sica
11. From Education to Expertise: Sociology as a "Profession"
William Buxton and Stephen P. Turner

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