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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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


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N. J. Demerath

Otto Larsen

Karl F. Schuessler

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