Robert M. MacIver

(1882—1970) political theorist and sociologist

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(1882–1970) A pioneering Scottish sociologist who worked at Aberdeen and Edinburgh before becoming chair of sociology at Toronto and then Columbia University in New York. He stayed at Columbia from 1929 until 1950. His classic textbook Society (first published in 1931, revised 1937, 3rd edn., 1949, with Charles Page) reveals his concern with developing a systematic, theoretical, humanistic, yet evolutionary sociology, drawing especially on Durkheim and Simmel. His prime interests were the state (The Web of Government, 1947) and community (Community, 1928). Full biographical details can be found in As A Tale That is Told: The Autobiography of Robert M. Maclver (1968).

From A Dictionary of Sociology in Oxford Reference.

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