By Christian Fleck
From the start of the 20th century, medical and social medical learn has been characterised via highbrow alternate among Europe and the U.S.. The institution of the 3rd Reich ensured that, from the German talking international, no less than, this turned a one-way site visitors. during this booklet Christian Fleck explores the discovery of empirical social learn, which by way of 1950 had develop into the binding norm of overseas scholarship, and he analyses the contribution of German refugee social scientists to its institution. the key names are the following, from Adorno and Horkheimer to Hirshman and Lazarsfeld, yet on the center of the booklet is a special collective biography in keeping with unique facts from greater than 800 German-speaking social scientists. released in German in 2008 to nice acclaim, Fleck's very important examine of the transatlantic enrichment of the social sciences is now to be had in a revised English-language version.
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The fact that decisions were no longer made by the founders or their advisors but were delegated to the representatives of the profession that was to benefit was explicitly acknowledged when the foundations started to collaborate with organized groups of scholars. A committee that had been established during the First World War as an advisory body to the government evolved to become the National Research Council (NRC) which, due to its energetic protagonists, soon gained acceptance with their scientific colleagues and, what is more, could convince the foundations to carry on with their activities after the end of the war.
Scientific research and even teaching (which Carnegie had also sought to improve through a foundation) were no longer local concerns, but national and even international ones. 3 Andrew Carnegie’s and John D. Rockefeller’s Foundations (Selection) Note: Title of foundation, founding year–final year, initial trust property; area proportional to trust property. Source: Fosdick 1952; Lagemann 1983; Lagemann 1989. A Transatlantic History of the Social Sciences donated money to a Baptist college in Chicago in order to found a university.
Whatever the individual reasons for this unwillingness, or powerlessness, to impose sociology as an independent university discipline (see Käsler 1981; Fleck 1990a), by around 1910 American sociology had already taken the lead. 9 No. 38 34 33 19 16 15 14 14 13 9 9 7 6 2 229 Source: Annales de l’institut international de sociologie 1913. discipline with, what is more, sociologists teaching at prestigious universities. They had gained, via their professional organization, a distinct position that was unmistakable in the concert of the social sciences and unchallenged by the neighbouring disciplines.
A Transatlantic History of the Social Sciences: Robber Barons, the Third Reich and the Invention of Empirical Social Research by Christian Fleck