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The Sacred Project of American Sociology$
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Christian Smith

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199377138

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199377138.001.0001

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(p.28) Chapter 2 Evidence
The Sacred Project of American Sociology

Christian Smith

Oxford University Press

This chapter presents and analyzes a variety of kinds of empirical evidence in support of the thesis, including typical sociology book titles, article concerns, conference meeting themes, membership numbers and concerns of sections in the American Sociological Association, the content of introductory sociology textbooks, and more. The chapter offers a series of revealing anecdotes from American sociology that expose the influence of its sacred project at work, including political biases and scandals. Extended discussion is given to the controversy over Mark Regnerus’ research on same-sex parents and outcomes on children.

Keywords:   textbooks, American Sociological Review, Weitzman, Regnerus, scientific activism

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