Applied Sociology in the Contemporary British Context

  • Janet Finch
Part of the Explorations in Sociology. British Sociological Association conference volume series book series (EIS)


No one could doubt that, during the 1960s and 70s, British sociology went through a process of transformation, in which theoretical work came to have a pre-eminent place and those who practised it became the elite of the discipline. As part of this process, research defined as applied or policy-orientated was split off and allocated to the discipline of social administration, which was regarded as rather inferior, precisely because it did not privilege theoretical work. All of this is well known (see Bulmer, Chapter 2 of this volume).


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