Social Policy and Sociology - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780122094507, 9781483274065

Social Policy and Sociology

1st Edition

Editors: N. J. Demerath Otto Larsen Karl F. Schuessler
eBook ISBN: 9781483274065
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 1st January 1975
Page Count: 380
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Description

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


Preface


Acknowledgments


Prologue


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


Commentaries


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


Commentaries


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 P

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

About the Editor

N. J. Demerath

Otto Larsen

Karl F. Schuessler

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