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Craig Calhoun

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780226090948

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226090962.001.0001

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The Culture of Sociology in Disarray: The Impact of 1968 on U.S. Sociologists

The Culture of Sociology in Disarray: The Impact of 1968 on U.S. Sociologists

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(p.427) [Twelve] The Culture of Sociology in Disarray: The Impact of 1968 on U.S. Sociologists
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Sociology in America
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Immanuel Wallerstein

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226090962.003.0012

This chapter examines the impact of the events of 1968 in the U.S. and elsewhere in the world on the culture of sociology. It suggests that the real change was the demise of the canon. It is not that those who accepted the cultural premises that pervaded U.S. sociology from at least 1945 to 1968 all of a sudden ceased to believe in the canon. Far from it. But this set of cultural premises moved from the status of being virtually self-evident to that of being one possible set of premises. And the hypothetical percentage of believers declined as the decades went by, especially among the younger recruits to the discipline. Over the next thirty years, there came to be less and less of a coherent culture of sociology—or one could say that the culture was in disarray.

Keywords:   American sociology, culture of sociology, United States, canon

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