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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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Hot War, Cold War: The Structures of Sociological Action, 1940–1955

Hot War, Cold War: The Structures of Sociological Action, 1940–1955

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(p.281) [Eight] Hot War, Cold War: The Structures of Sociological Action, 1940–1955
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Sociology in America
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Andrew Abbott

James T. Sparrow

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226090962.003.0008

This chapter offers a preliminary analysis of American sociology during the war and postwar period. It begins with a brief sketch of the broader social changes attending the wars—two hot and one cold—that defined the period 1940–55. It then looks at the discipline in 1940 and in 1955. Next, it evaluates how the events of the war period changed the demographic, institutional, and intellectual structure of sociology. It aims at the same time to analyze the role of sociology in shaping the new society that emerged after the war. It closes with a discussion of the new stance of sociology during the postwar decade.

Keywords:   American sociology, war period, postwar period, new society

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