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Sociology in AmericaA History$
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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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Thrice Told: Narratives of Sociology's Relation to Social Work

Thrice Told: Narratives of Sociology's Relation to Social Work

(p.63) [Three] Thrice Told: Narratives of Sociology's Relation to Social Work
Sociology in America

Patricia Lengermann

Gillian Niebrugge

University of Chicago Press

There are three narratives of the relation of sociology to social work: a natural history, a social history, and a critical history. These stories are told by sociologists, historians of social science, and social workers, but the division among them is not by discipline but by interpretation. This chapter concerns both the content of these narratives and the fact of their coexistence. It suggests that an interpretation of these three stories can be used to link the first decades of sociology in the United States to the form of the profession in America today. The existence of these multiple narratives shows much about sociology's still contested and divided identity and purpose.

Keywords:   United States, sociology, natural history, social history, critical history

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