The Origins of American Social Science (Ideas in Context)

The Origins of American Social Science (Ideas in Context)

Dorothy Ross


concentrating on the disciplines of economics, sociology, political technological know-how, and background, this publication examines how American social technological know-how got here to version itself on ordinary technological know-how and liberal politics. Professor Ross argues that American social technology gets its specified stamp from the ideology of yankee exceptionalism, the concept the United States occupies an excellent position in background, in accordance with her republican executive and broad financial chance. less than the effect of this nationwide self-conception, american citizens believed that their historical past was once set on a millennial direction, exempted from ancient switch and from the mass poverty and sophistication clash of Europe. prior to the Civil battle, this imaginative and prescient of yankee exceptionalism drew social scientists into the nationwide attempt to stick the hand of time. now not until eventually after the Civil struggle did industrialization strength american citizens to confront the belief and fact of old swap. The social technological know-how disciplines had their beginning in that drawback and their improvement is a narrative of efforts to circumvent and tame old transformation within the curiosity of exceptionalist beliefs. this is often the 1st e-book to seem commonly at American social technological know-how in its ancient context and to illustrate the relevant value of the nationwide ideology of yankee exceptionalism to the advance of the social sciences and to American social idea normally.

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