Sociology Before 1950

A. H. Halsey

in A History of Sociology in Britain

Published in print March 2004 | ISBN: 9780199266609
Published online April 2004 | e-ISBN: 9780191601019 | DOI:
Sociology Before 1950

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Before 1950 sociology in Britain scarcely existed. The subject was almost exclusively confined to the London School of Economics. But there were at least a dozen well‐known names. Spencer, Booth, and Rowntree had no academic connections. Three were Scots—Geddes, Branford, and McIver: of the others, Sidney and Beatrice Webb, Westermaark, Hobhouse, Beveridge, Ginsberg, T.H. Marshall, Mannheim, and Carr‐Saunders were connected with LSE. Barbara Wootton was at Bedford College, London. Each one is treated here briefly and biographically. There is briefly also, a comparison with social anthropology up to 1950. No equivalent to the Parsonian school of American functionalism emerged: there was no Weber circle, no Durkheimian, or Chicagoan school established.

Keywords: Booth; Hobhouse; institutionalization; London School of Economics; T. H. Marshall; Parsonian functionalism; social anthropology; Spencer

Chapter.  11856 words. 

Subjects: UK Politics

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