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John Aldrich

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199331345

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199331345.001.0001

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“Follow the Money”

“Follow the Money”

Private Foundations and the Early Focus on Interdisciplinary Research

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John H. Aldrich

Oxford University Press

This chapter assesses the role of private foundations in the development of interdisciplinary scholarship before World War II, especially the Russell Sage, Spellman and Rockefeller Foundations, and the early influence of the government, especially under Herbert Hoover. The funding came about to solve perceived social problems, often as defined by foundations in conjunction with scholars. It was the intersection between the social problem solving ambition of the private foundations (and at times with the assistance of the government) that intersected with the intellectual ambitions of scholars that made these original and important advances in interdisciplinary research to be added to the then relatively new advances being made within the disciplinary structure.

Keywords:   social problem, private foundations, The Pittsburgh Survey, Recent Social Trends, Russell Sage, Spellman Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation

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