The Study of Man: What is Sociology’s Job?

Glazer, Nathan. "The Study of Man: What is Sociology's Job?" Commentary, 1947.

Excerpt: The recent annual meeting of the American Sociological Society in Chicago (Hotel Stevens, December 27- 30) brought together perhaps 1,000 people who call themselves sociologists-mostly professors, instructors, and graduate students, but also government employees and researchers on the staffs of foundations. This typical gathering, coming hard upon a year of fairly thorough reading of the sociological journals for this department, irresistibly tempts this writer to generalizations- I hope not too hasty or undocumented-on the present state of the profession, and upon how (and how well) American sociology is holding up its end as a division in the growing army of social science.