Essays on the History of British Sociological Research by Martin Bulmer

By Martin Bulmer

This publication strains the historical past of British sociology and empirical social learn over the past hundred years. Its insurance comprises the census of inhabitants, the vintage poverty surveys of sales space and Rowntree, the sluggish development of social technological know-how among the wars, mass-observation, the increase of the govt Social Survey, the institution of educational sociology after 1945 outdoors Oxford and Cambridge, and self sustaining tasks equivalent to the basis of the Institute of group reports. A concluding part considers the makes use of made from British sociology, where of the citizen because the topic of analysis, social surveys for policy-making, and the luck of social technology in predicting the longer term. those essays replicate the pursuits of the celebrated British sociologist, the overdue Philip Abrams. as well as him the participants contain a few wonderful sociologists similar to A. H. Halsey, Hannan C. Selvin, Edward Shils, Peter Townsend and Peter Willmott, in addition to numerous famous more youthful students.

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While in Cambridge, he delivered by invitation the Marshall lectures, in which he returned to economic theory (which he had lost touch with since the 1930's) and gave what later appeared as the first three chapters of Economy and Society (1956). Parsons argued for the continuity of economic theory and social theory in general, maintaining that the former was but a special case of the latter. Attended mainly by economists, the lectures were generally considered a failure (cf. Johnson 1978:155) His approach was too remote from the interests of economists, and only a few anthropologists were more sympathetic (Smelser 1981:145-6).

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