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

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

(p.225) [Seven] On Edge: Sociology during the Great Depression and the New Deal
Sociology in America

Charles Camic

University of Chicago Press

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

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