Expansion 1950–67

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:
Expansion 1950–67

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During the 1950s, an expansion of sociology began in Britain, accelerated in the 1960s by the Robbins Committee report. Sociology ran ahead of the general expansion. Demand outran supply; sociologists moved faster and were drawn into the also expanding international network of America and Europe. Leicester became prominent; then Essex and other new universities. Scottish and Welsh and Redbrick institutions joined the expansion. The subject became more exciting, more specialized and more influential as a source of social and governmental policy. It flourished in London and in the provinces. But Oxford and Cambridge were reluctant and resisted outside pressure to expand their curricula to include sociology. Both Oxford and Cambridge stories are retailed here. The relation of the social sciences to Government developed a new phase after the Heyworth Committee recommended the formation of a Social Science Research Council to match the ones for the Physical Sciences and Medicine. Michael Young was its first chairman, from 1965 to 1969.

Keywords: expansion; government; Heyworth; Robbins; SSRC; Michael Young

Chapter.  11970 words. 

Subjects: UK Politics

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