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- DescriptionThis award-winning book of the Frederick Jackson Turner Studies describes the early development of social science professions in the United States. Furner traces the academic process in ecomics, sociology, and political science. She devotes considerable attention to ecomics in the 1880s, when first-generation professionals wrestled with the ermously difficult social questions associated with industrialization. Controversies among ecomists reflected an endemic tension in social science between the necessity of being recognized as objective scientists and an intense desire to advocate reforms. Molded by internal conflicts and external pressures, social science gradually changed. In the 1890s ecomics was defined more narrowly around market concerns. Both reformers and students of social dynamics gravitated to the emerging discipline of sociology, while political science professionalized around the important new field of public administration. This division of social science into specialized disciplines was especially significant as progressivism opened paths to power and influence for social science experts. Professionalization profoundly altered the role and contribution of social scientists in American life. Since the late nineteenth century, professionals have exerted increasing control over complex ecomic and social processes, often performing services that they themselves have helped to make essential. Furner here seeks to discover how emerging groups of American social scientists envisioned their role what rights and responsibilities they claimed how they hoped to perform a vital social function as they fulfilled their own ambitions, and what restraints they recognized.
- Author BiographyMary O. Furner is professor of history at the University of California, Santa Barbara. In 2007 she was awarded the Fulbright Distinguished Chair in American Studies at Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universitat. Her research interests include nineteenth and twentieth century American history, political economy, and United States liberalism.
- Author(s)Mary O. Furner
- PublisherTransaction Publishers
- Date of Publication15/08/2010
- SubjectHistory: Specific Subjects
- Place of PublicationSomerset, NJ
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintTransaction Publishers
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight544 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine21 mm
- Introduction byMary O. Furner
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
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