GREAT MEN AND HARD TIMES: SOCIOLOGY AT THE UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA

Gary Alan Fine*, Janet S. Severance

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Abstract

Sociology at the University of Minnesota has had a long and distinguished history. From its founding in 1910 many prominent sociologists have taught and have graduated from the department. We present an overview of the growth of the department, and certain influential events which affected the direction of department governance and intellectual development. The department achieved its “Golden Age” under the leadership of F. Stuart Chapin, who chaired the department for nearly three decades (1922–1951). We speculate about the internal and external pressures that have affected the Minnesota department‐and other sociology departments‐over the past two decades, during its period of greatest expansion but of significant tensions as well.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)117-134
Number of pages18
JournalSociological Quarterly
Volume26
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1985

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science

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