The Origins of American Social Science

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April 2004



Examines how American social science modelled itself on natural science and liberal politics.


Introduction; Part I. European Social Science in Antebellum America: 1. The discovery of modernity; 2. The American exceptionalist vision; Part II. The Crisis of American Exceptionalism, 1865-1896: 3. Establishment of the social science disciplines; 4. The threat of socialism in economics and sociology; Part III. Progressive Social Science, 1896-1914: 5. The liberal revision of American exceptionalism; 6. Marginalism and historicism in economics; 7. Toward a sociology of social control; 8. From historico-politics to political science; Part IV. American Social Science As The Study Of Natural Process, 1908-1929: 9. Modernist historical consciousness and American liberal change; 10. The advent of scientism; Epilogue; Footnote abbreviations; Footnotes.


"Dorothy Ross has prepared a marvelous, synthetic history of the social sciences. She draws upon an impressive array of scholarship. Even more remarkable is her ability to weave together the literature and traditions from each of the separate disciplines." Perspectives on Political Science " and complex...a book of almost heroic proportions." ISIS "No brief summary can do justice to Ross's complex argument. Sometimes her portraits of individual thinkers are provocative, and they are always interesting. Her research appears thorough within the confines she has laid down for the book as a whole." History of Education Quarterly "The Origins of American Social Science is the product of many years' work, and it is easy to see why. To master not one but three disciplines (and parts of still others) is no mean task. In addition, Ross's scholarship is awesome, particularly her command of the secondary literature, often located in specialized and obscure journals." Annals of Scholarship "To have managed a basic knowledge of every major social science discipline is daunting enough, to do so with both a biographical intimacy and an historical sensibility of the pioneers of the disciplines is truly astonishing. And this is all done with a literary grace that makes The Origins of American Social Science a good read." Irving Louis Horowitz, Rutgers University "This is a big, complex, synthetic study by one of our ablest intellectual historians. It deserves the attention of all those interested in American history, social thought, and liberal theory." Mary O. Furner, Northern Illinois University, and author of Advocacy and Objectivity: A Crisis in the Professionalization of American Social Science, 1865-1905 "Ross has produced a profound, richly detailed, and erudite history of the origins and development of economics, political science, and sociology in the US between 1850 and 1929...The sheer magnitude of this book is staggering." Choice "No one has written more illuminatingly of the way in which assumptions of time and history infused and constrained modern American social thought. Following that thread beneath the sprawling mazes of interdisciplinary debate, Ross has written the first truly integrated intellectual history of the social sciences. Her core, densely informative narratives are models of wise and judicious scholarship. Origins is a major achievement, the synthesis for our time." Daniel T. Rodgers in the Intellectual History Newsletter "A first-rate intellectual history chronicling the emergence of the secular social sciences in American higher education...a richly detailed history of the economic theories, sociological disputations and political science wranglings that characterized, and to some degree shaped, the development of the social sciences in American important and stimulating work." The New York Times Book Review "This is a complex and important book...This is intellectual history at its very best, never failing to connect ideas to a 'real world' of economic power, highbrow culture, and professional anxieties." Canadian Journal of History
EAN: 9780521428361
ISBN: 052142836X
Untertitel: 'Ideas in Context'. Revised. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: April 2004
Seitenanzahl: 536 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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