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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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A Life in the First Half-Century of Sociology

A Life in the First Half-Century of Sociology

Charles Ellwood and the Division of Sociology

(p.115) [Four] A Life in the First Half-Century of Sociology
Sociology in America

Stephen Turner

University of Chicago Press

The customary division of the history of American sociology into the periods before and after 1945 is well grounded. In 1944, Charles Ellwood, one of the first PhD's in sociology and a former American Sociological Society president, published his bitter final message, his “Valedictory”, which testified both to the changes in the discipline and to his loss of hope for it. He died in 1946 at the age of seventy-three. At the same time, a new generation was taking over American sociology, and taking it over both at an unprecedentedly young age and in what turned out to be almost unprecedented conditions of growth. This chapter aims to recapture, through a consideration of Ellwood's career, something about the world of pre-1945 sociology and the larger public world, national and international, that he inhabited. His career is also important in illuminating one of the critical questions in the history of American sociology: how did the fundamental and persisting conflicts in American sociology originate?

Keywords:   Charles Ellwood, American sociology, American Sociological Society

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