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Trans-Action and American Conservatism: The Gouldner Years

  • Edward S. ShapiroEmail author
50th Anniversary Issue: Past, Present, Future

Alvin W. Gouldner, the chairman of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Washington University in St. Louis, was officially the editor-in-chief of Trans-action from its first issue in November, 1963 until his name was removed from the masthead as of the December, 1966 issue because of his troubled relationship with colleagues. Irving Louis Horowitz, one of the magazine’s two senior editors along with Lee Rainwater, continued in that position until September, 1968 when he became its editor-in-chief. Although Gouldner was on leave during much of his three-year tenure, the ideological stamp he had helped put on the magazine remained for a time after his dismissal.1

Trans-actionappeared in 1963 on the cusp of a tumultuous period both in American society at large and in academia in particular, and its advent could not have been more fortuitous. It provided a forum for social scientists to explore many of the era’s most salient developments, including a mass civil rights...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.AventuraUSA

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