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British Sociology

A History

  • Serves as a quick and accessible overview of a thoroughly researched and referenced topic

  • Tracks the intellectual and institutional development of British sociology in from the 20th century to the present day


Part of the Sociology Transformed book series (SOTR)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. John Scott
    Pages 1-18
  3. John Scott
    Pages 19-55
  4. John Scott
    Pages 57-119
  5. John Scott
    Pages 121-139
  6. John Scott
    Pages 181-189
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 191-237

About this book


This Palgrave Pivot will present a comprehensive history of sociology in Britain, tracking the discipline's intellectual developments within the institutional and political context. 

After tracing the early development of the subject as an intellectual field in empirical and idealist philosophy, evolutionism, socialism, and statistical investigations, Scott lays out the trajectory of sociology as an institutionalised discipline. British Sociology maps the spread of the subject from the first Sociology Department at LSE to cover the whole country. It considers the establishment of significant professionalorganisations and journals, and the impact of feminism and political change. Scott also reviews theoretical engagement with Marxism, interactionism, feminism, and post-structuralism and the development of the discipline through research studies of crime, race and ethnicity, community, stratification, health, sexuality, and work.

Set against the backdrop of a changing political context that has seen the growth of neoliberalism and globalisation, and looking forward with the ongoing search for 'new directions,' this useful and original contribution will appeal to both academics and students across sociology, criminology, and the political sciences. 


history of sociology paradigms disciplines intellectual trends neoliberalism globalisation The Geddes Project Sociological Society Sociological Review BSA Feminism Post-structuralism

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Essex UniversityColchesterUK

About the authors

John Scott is Visiting Professor of Sociology at Essex University and Exeter University, UK. 

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