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1962: The Moment of Sociology

Mike Savage

in Identities and Social Change in Britain since 1940

Published in print May 2010 | ISBN: 9780199587650
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191740626 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199587650.003.0006
1962: The Moment of Sociology

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This chapter traces the institutional rise of sociology within the academic social sciences in Great Britain during the 1960s. It shows that sociology was directly implicated in claims to modernity and novelty during this period, and that it can be considered as a social movement concerned to challenge traditional forms of knowing in the name of a new, rational mode of expertise which embraced science. The chapter considers the launch of New Society in the early 1960s and suggests that, during this period, the social scientists were not innocent observers of change, but imported it as an essential feature of their self-identity.

Keywords: sociology; social sciences; Great Britain; modernity; social movement; science; New Society; change; self-identity; sociologists

Chapter.  11032 words. 

Subjects: Comparative and Historical Sociology

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