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Origins of American Social Science

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ISBN-10: 052142836X

ISBN-13: 9780521428361

Edition: N/A

Authors: Dorothy Ross, Lorraine Daston, Quentin Skinner, James Tully, F. de Felice

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Focusing on the disciplines of economics, sociology, political science, and history, this book examines how American social science came to model itself on natural science and liberal politics. Professor Ross argues that American social science receives its distinctive stamp from the ideology of American exceptionalism, the idea that America occupies an exceptional place in history, based on her republican government and wide economic opportunity. Under the influence of this national self-conception, Americans believed that their history was set on a millennial course, exempted from historical change and from the mass poverty and class conflict of Europe. Before the Civil War, this vision…    
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Book details

List price: $41.99
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 3/27/1992
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 536
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.584
Language: English

Lorraine Daston is director at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science and honorary professor at the Humboldt-Universit�t, Berlin.Gregg Mitman is William Coleman Professor of the History of Science and professor of medical history and science and technology studies at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Introduction
European Social Science in Antebellum America
The discovery of modernity
The American exceptionalist vision
The Crisis of American Exceptionalism, 1865-1896
Establishment of the social science disciplines
The threat of socialism in economics and sociology
Progressive Social Science, 1896-1914
The liberal revision of American exceptionalism
Marginalism and historicism in economics
Toward a sociology of social control
From historico-politics to political science
American Social Science As The Study Of Natural Process, 1908-1929
Modernist historical consciousness and American liberal change
The advent of scientism
Epilogue
Footnote abbreviations
Footnotes