Emergence of Professional Social Science The American Social Science Association and the Nineteenth-Century Crisis of Authority
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Description: 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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Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date: 12/13/2000
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
|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 Science||p. 24|
|Frank Sanborn's Association||p. 48|
|The Antebellum Origins of the Movement to Establish Authority||p. 63|
|The Founding and Formative Years of the ASSA, 1865-69||p. 91|
|The 1870's: Near Collapse||p. 122|
|The Proposed Merger of the ASSA and the Johns Hopkins University||p. 144|
|The Founding of the Historical and Economics Associations, 1884-85||p. 168|
|From Social Science to Sociology: The 1880's and 1890's||p. 190|
|Professionalism Unhinged||p. 211|
|Conclusion: Explanation and Causal Attribution in Modern Society||p. 234|
|App. A||p. 257|
|App. B||p. 259|
|Bibliographical Note||p. 285|
|Author-Title Index||p. 287|
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