Emergence of Professional Social Science The American Social Science Association and the Nineteenth-Century Crisis of Authority

ISBN-10: 0801865735

ISBN-13: 9780801865732

Edition: 2001

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Thomas L. Haskell's The Emergence of Professional Social Science signaled the beginning of his distinguished career as a historian of ideas and critic of historical logic. His first book, now available in this paperback edition with a new preface by the author, explores the background and premises of the American Social Science Association (ASSA)--the first American group dedicated to the "scientific" study of humanity and society. Haskell thus helps us to understand a sea change in American intellectual life--the rise of this thing called "social science," the power and implications of the new trend toward secular professionalism, and, ultimately, how it happened that commonsense modes of explanation in terms of conscious choices by individuals came to be overshadowed by a mode of explanation that systematically construes people as creatures of circumstance. How, Haskell asks in his conclusion, did the development of modern society alter "the way we explain human affairs and conceive of man?" This edition includes a new appendix, listing all articles appearing in the Journal of Social Science from 1869 to 1901.
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List price: $31.00
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date: 12/13/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

Preface to the Johns Hopkins Edition
Preface to the Original Edition
Introduction: What Happened in the 1890's?p. 1
Interdependence and the Rise of Professional Social Sciencep. 24
Frank Sanborn's Associationp. 48
The Antebellum Origins of the Movement to Establish Authorityp. 63
The Founding and Formative Years of the ASSA, 1865-69p. 91
The 1870's: Near Collapsep. 122
The Proposed Merger of the ASSA and the Johns Hopkins Universityp. 144
The Founding of the Historical and Economics Associations, 1884-85p. 168
From Social Science to Sociology: The 1880's and 1890'sp. 190
Professionalism Unhingedp. 211
Conclusion: Explanation and Causal Attribution in Modern Societyp. 234
App. Ap. 257
App. Bp. 259
Bibliographical Notep. 285
Author-Title Indexp. 287
Indexp. 295
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