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A History of Sociology in Britain: Science, Literature, and Society

A. H. Halsey


Literary claims to ownership of the third culture of sociology are considered and the rise of scientific method traced. The institutional history is summarized from the establishment of a chair of sociology at the London School of Economics and Political Science in 1907. Phases of expansion (1950–67), revolt (1968–75) and uncertainty (1976–2000) are described. Analysis of the professors—their origins, careers and fame—is presented. A content analysis of three leading British journals of sociology is reported. An epilogue is finally added of eight essays by well‐known sociologists—A. H. Halsey, ... More

Keywords: citation, disciplines, expansion, literature, post 1992 universities, science, sociology, specialization, student revolt

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780199266609
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2004 DOI:10.1093/0199266603.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

A. H. Halsey, author
Emeritus Professor and Fellow of Nuffield College, Oxford