Social Policy and Sociology

Social Policy and Sociology

1st Edition - January 1, 1975

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  • Editors: N. J. Demerath, Otto Larsen, Karl F. Schuessler
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483274065

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Social Policy and Sociology explores the relationship between social policy and sociology and covers topics such as social inequities and individual stress in the family cycle. America's youth and their problems are also given attention, along with the relationship between graduate training and federal funding. Comprised of 24 chapters, this book begins with an assessment of the proper relationship between sociology and public policy, and whether sociologists should become actively engaged in social engineering. Methods of training graduate students for doing policy research are also discussed. Subsequent chapters explore community planning and poverty; policy implications of race relations; formal models as a guide to social policy; and the interrelationships between governmental policy, social structure, and public values. Social problems such as alcoholism and drug addiction are also considered, together with the changing relationship between government support and graduate training. Finally, the what and why of policy research in sociology are examined, and possible changes in graduate training and professional practice in sociology are evaluated. This monograph will be of interest to sociologists as well as social and public policymakers.

Table of Contents

  • List of Contributors




    Part I Assessment of Policy Research

    Section A Social Inequities and Their Effects

    Policy Shibboleths and the Reality-Testing of Research: Are the Poor Always with Us When We Make Sociology?

    Ideological Filters and Bureaucratic Responses in Interpreting Research: Community Planning and Poverty

    Race Relations: Some Policy Implications, Proximate and Remote, of a Negative Finding

    Policy Change and Grassroots Inertia: The Case of Metropolitan Services

    Formal Models as a Guide to Social Policy: Issues in Population Dynamics


    John E. Brandl

    G. Franklin Edwards

    Elton F. Jackson

    Maurice Jackson

    William T. Liu

    Robert McCinnis

    Sheldon Stryker

    Section B Individual Stress in the Family Cycle

    Sociological Critics versus Institutional Elites in the Politics of Research Application: Examples from Medical Care

    The Intermingling of Governmental Policy, Social Structure, and Public Values: The Case of the Changing Family

    Reconceptualizing Social Problems in Light of Scholarly Advances: Problem Drinking and Alcoholism

    Policy Enthusiasms for Untested Theories and the Role of Quantitative Evidence: Labeling and Mental Illness

    Applying General Variables to Specific Problems: Aging and the Life Cycle


    Charles E. Bowerman

    Joseph Elder

    Walter R. Cove

    August B. Hollingshead

    Marvin B. Sussman

    Guy E. Swanson

    Robert N. Wilson

    Section C American Youth and Their Problems

    The Natural History of an Applied Theory: Differential Opportunity and "Mobilization for Youth"

    Inappropriate Theories and Inadequate Methods as Policy Plagues: Self-Reported Delinquency and the Law

    Problems of Research in Response to "National Emergencies": Drugs and Addiction

    On the Remarkable Absence of Nonacademic Implications in Academic Research: An Example from Ethnic Studies

    Sociological Understanding versus Policy Design and Intervention: The Adolescent Crisis


    Wendell Bell

    Charles E. Bidwell

    Herbert L. Costner

    Troy Duster

    David R. Heise

    Laura Nader

    Albert Pepitone

    Hanan C. Selvin

    Part II Graduate Training and Federal Funding

    Report on a Survey of Graduate Training

    Remarks on the Changing Relationship between Government Support and Graduate Training

    Research Training from the Perspective of Government Funding

    Putting Sociologists to Work



    Carmel Conference Participants

    Carmel Conference Program

    Name Index

Product details

  • No. of pages: 380
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 1975
  • Published: January 1, 1975
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483274065

About the Editors

N. J. Demerath

Otto Larsen

Karl F. Schuessler

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