The Origins of American Social Science (Ideas in Context)

The Origins of American Social Science (Ideas in Context)

Dorothy Ross


targeting the disciplines of economics, sociology, political technology, and background, this publication examines how American social technological know-how got here to version itself on ordinary technology and liberal politics. Professor Ross argues that American social technological know-how gets its unique stamp from the ideology of yankee exceptionalism, the concept the US occupies an excellent position in heritage, in response to her republican govt and vast monetary chance. below the impression of this nationwide self-conception, american citizens believed that their background was once set on a millennial direction, exempted from historic swap and from the mass poverty and sophistication clash of Europe. ahead of the Civil battle, this imaginative and prescient of yank exceptionalism drew social scientists into the nationwide attempt to stick the hand of time. now not until eventually after the Civil conflict did industrialization strength americans to confront the assumption and fact of ancient swap. The social technological know-how disciplines had their starting place in that obstacle and their improvement is a narrative of efforts to stay clear of and tame old transformation within the curiosity of exceptionalist beliefs. this is often the 1st ebook to appear widely at American social technology in its ancient context and to illustrate the valuable significance of the nationwide ideology of yankee exceptionalism to the advance of the social sciences and to American social concept more often than not.

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