British Post-war Sociologists

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:
British Post-war Sociologists

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A dozen sociologists attended LSE in the aftermath of the Second World War. They were the first generation of professional sociologist in Britain. This chapter offers an account of their origins, the subject they learnt, the influence of Glass and Shils on them, their anti‐Marxist but left‐wing orientation, their suspicion of functionalism, and their contribution of a sociological description of British society—its demography, class structure, ethnic composition, religion, industry, and crime.

Keywords: functionalism; Glass; LSE graduates 1950; marxism; meaning of sociology; Shils; social origins

Chapter.  9287 words. 

Subjects: UK Politics

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