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A. H. Halsey

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780199266609

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2004

DOI: 10.1093/0199266603.001.0001

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Years of Uncertainty 1976–2000

Years of Uncertainty 1976–2000

(p.122) 7 Years of Uncertainty 1976–2000
A History of Sociology in Britain

A. H. Halsey

Oxford University Press

The final quarter of the twentieth century brought, at first, institutional arrest, retrenchment, and reduced funding for both research and teaching. Then came the 1992 decision, paradoxically, by a Conservative government, to admit the polytechnics and other institutions of higher education to university status. Thus, there was a renewed and greater expansion of students and teachers of university sociology. In the meantime, the SSRC had been replaced by the ESRC after the Rothschild report.

Optimists now held that sociology was flourishing especially in the light of the feminist movement. The number of chairs rose to over 200.

Two views of sociology emerged. One is that sociology is a polysyllabic plague subverting the political order; the other is that sociology is a modern assemblage of theory and method with potential for the reform of imperfect society. The two views fight for supremacy.

Keywords:   ESRC, ethnomethodology, fragmentation, marxism, policy advice, relativism, Rothschild

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