Social Research and Political Advocacy
The study of the relationship between social research and political partisanship is scarcely a novelty. This linkage has characterized investigations in sociology and anthropology for the last fifty years. The work of the prototypical and part-mythical post-World War I Chicago School of W. I. Thomas, R. E. Park, Louis Wirth, and E. C. Hughes, to mention but a few figures, is characterized by a keen sense of accurate reporting, a perspective on the raw materials that raised issues of stratification and societal values, and—in the cases of Park. and Wirth —strong political recommendations.1 What distinguishes this earlier phase of social ethnography from later development thus becomes a problem to be discussed, not simply a history to be described.
KeywordsSocial Research Liberal Democratic Party Chicago School Marginal Group Political Advocacy
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