The Social Science Disciplines: The American Model

  • Peter T. Manicas
Part of the Sociology of the Sciences Yearbook book series (SOSC, volume 15)


A persistent assumption of disciplinary histories of the social sciences is the idea that each of the main branches of today’s social sciences reflects at least reasonably firm strata of the social world. There is, thus, a ‘natural’ division of labor which was finally realized with the maturation of the distinct social sciences. Explaining the emergence of the disciplines, then, takes the form of showing how pathfinders, interested in constituting analogues to the successful modern natural sciences, broke from the prescientific past and established restricted domains for controlled inquiry. Each story is different, of course, and some are stormier than others. Some, for example psychology, are even less settled than others (1).


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