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On Edge: Sociology during the Great Depression and the New Deal

Charles Camic

in Sociology in America

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print March 2007 | ISBN: 9780226090948
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226090962 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226090962.003.0007
On Edge: Sociology during the Great Depression and the New Deal

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The 1930s, an age of harsh material conditions and thwarted expectations for millions of Americans, fell hard on American sociologists as well. Encouraged by the progress of their fledgling field during the 1920s, they watched with increasing awareness and frustration as a national societal drama removed them to the sidelines, revoking their newly won position as authoritative social analysts and conferring public stature instead on rival professionals. Scrambling to overcome this setback, sociologists in the era of the Great Depression and the New Deal responded in ways that helped configure and lock in some of the defining intellectual tendencies of mid-twentieth-century American sociology. This chapter reports this untold episode in the social and intellectual history of American sociology.

Keywords: American sociology; sociologists; intellectual history; Great Depression; New Deal

Chapter.  24603 words. 

Subjects: Comparative and Historical Sociology

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