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The History of the Social Sciences Since 1945 (Hardcover)

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The History of the Social Sciences since 1945 maps the conceptual, social, and institutional contexts of economics, political science, sociology, social anthropology, psychology, and human geography. These important fields have shaped contemporary discourse about the human self, in both individual and collective registers, and deeply influenced policy and practice in the modern world. Individual chapters on separate disciplines, written by respected scholars, take us through the intricacies, and the editors' conclusion teases out subtle connections between different fields, sketching a big-picture perspective. The volume is a welcome contribution to the scant historiography and provides fascinating reading for academic specialists, disciplinary practitioners, or the interested layperson."---James H. Capshew, Indiana University; Editor (2006---09), of History of Psychology

"As in all histories of the social sciences, questions of field definitions, paradigms, and boundaries are well addressed here. But the authors take us well beyond these to probe essential issues such as the relative influence-across the six disciplines they cover-of social scientists' war service, the postwar expansion of higher education, strong pressures toward Americanization, government and foundation patronage, experiments in interdisciplinarity, quantification, hermeneutics, postmodernism, and the cultural turn. They look as well at influences of ideologically charged developments such as the Cold War, decolonization, feminism, the Vietnam War, and the rise of conservative governments-and the social science supporting them in the Anglophone world. The book expertly registers the dazzling multiplicity of local and general factors shaping the construction of social knowledge over the past half century." ---Mary O. Furner, University of California, Santa Barbara

"In this pathbreak book, a team of historians of the social sciences examines the experiences of their disciplines, seen together since World War II. They find many similarities and but also many differnces. In a thoughtful and stimulating conclusion, the editors, Backhouse and Fontaine, draw the stories together, identify common themes, and perhaps most importantly, point out the payoff that may come from this eclectic and integrated approach to the histories. Historians and social scientists more generally will find this a valuable and provocative volume." ---Craufurd D. Goodwin, Duke University

"These analytically ambitious essays demonstrate the common direction of the several social scientific disciplines in the second half of the twentieth century while taking careful and sophisticated account of the technical particulars of each discipline." ---David A. Hollinger, University of California, Berkeley

"Backhouse and Fontaine's collection is the first fruit of an important initiative to comprehend the postwar social sciences as key participants in a new era of social welfare and democratic capitalism. Particularly welcome is their ambition to look beyond the boundaries of discipline and to conceive as a whole what so often is portrayed in fragments."---Theodore M. Porter, University of California, Los Angeles


Publisher Cambridge Univ Pr
Mfg Part# 9780521889063
SKU 213771941
Format Hardcover
ISBN10 0521889065
Release Date 5/1/2010
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Book Format Hardcover
Number of Pages 0256
Publisher Cambridge University Press
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