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A Second Chicago School?

The Development of a Postwar American Sociology

From 1945 to about 1960, the University of Chicago was home to a group of faculty and graduate students whose work has come to define what many call a second "Chicago School" of sociology.

Like its predecessor earlier in the century, the postwar department was again the center for qualitative social research—on everything from mapping the nuances of human behavior in small groups to seeking solutions to problems of race, crime, and poverty. Howard Becker, Joseph Gusfield, Herbert Blumer, David Riesman, Erving Goffman, and others created a large, enduring body of work.

In this book, leading sociologists critically confront this legacy. The eight original chapters survey the issues that defined the department’s agenda: the focus on deviance, race and ethnic relations, urban life, and collective behavior; the renewal of participant observation as a method and the refinement of symbolic interaction as a guiding theory; and the professional and institutional factors that shaped this generation, including the leadership of Louis Wirth and Everett C. Hughes; the role of women; and the competition for national influence Chicago sociology faced from survey research at Columbia and grand theory at Harvard. The contributors also discuss the internal conflicts that call into question the very idea of a unified "school."

436 pages | 6 x 9 | © 1995

Sociology: History of Sociology

Table of Contents

Joseph Gusfield
Introduction: A Second Chicago School? The Development of a Postwar American Sociology
Gary Alan Fine
1: Elaboration, Revision, Polemic, and Progress in the Second Chicago School
Paul Colomy, J. David Brown.
2: Research Methods and the Second Chicago School
Jennifer Platt
3: The Ethnographic Present: Images of Institutional Control in Second-School Research
Gary Alan Fine, Lori J. Ducharme.
4: The Sociology of Race and Ethnicity in the Second Chicago School
R. Fred Wacker
5: Chicago’s Two Worlds of Deviance Research: Whose Side Are They on?
John F. Galliher
6: The Chicago Approach to Collective Behavior
David A. Snow, Phillip W. Davis.
7: Transition and Tradition: Departmental Faculty in the Era of the Second Chicago School
Andrew Abbott, Emanuel Gaziano.
8: The Chicago School of Sociology and the Founding of the Brandeis University Graduate Program in Sociology: A Case Study in Cultural Diffusion
Shulamit Reinharz
9: The Second Sex and the Chicago School: Women’s Accounts, Knowledge, and Work, 1945-1960
Mary Jo Deegan
Helena Znaniecka Lopata
Appendix One: Ph.D. Degrees in the Department of Sociology at the University of Chicago, 1946-1965
Appendix Two: Faculty in the Department of Sociology at the University of Chicago, 1946-1960

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