Departments: The Operational Units of University Sociology

  • Charles Crothers
Part of the Sociology Transformed book series (SOTR)


The establishment and key features of the subsequent history of each of NZ’s main Sociology departments is traced. The first wave of establishments in the 1960s was pushed by neighbouring disciplines but arguably resisted by ‘Oxbridge’ higher administration officials. Two more departments were established in the 1990s, and there was some geographical dispersion across university sites together with repackaging into semi-autonomous ‘programmes’ embedded within much larger schools. Over the last five decades departments have risen and fallen and cooperated with one another to varying degrees.


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  • Charles Crothers
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  1. 1.School of Social SciencesAuckland University of TechnologyAucklandNew Zealand

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