Value Judgements and Policy Recommendations

Part of the New Perspectives in Sociology book series


It is difficult, but necessary, to write in general terms about the value judgements and policy recommendations made by the Institute of Community Studies. It is necessary because these are so clearly at the centre of the interests and motives of its members; it is difficult because they are not always explicitly stated, and are scattered through numbers of books and articles which may not be entirely consistent with each other. I shall try, therefore, to strike a balance between constructing a stereotype of the views of the Institute as a whole and analysing each book separately in detail. The structure of the chapter will be to consider first the general value judgements made, and then the nature and appropriateness of the policy recommendations that follow from them.


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    See Elizabeth Bott, ‘Family and Social Network’ (Tavistock, 1957) chs iii and iv.Google Scholar
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    For a discussion of ways in which this may happen, see Jennifer Platt, ‘Some Problems in Measuring the Jointness of Conjugal Role-Relationships’, in ‘Sociology’, iii 3 (Sept 1969) 287–97.Google Scholar
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    S. T. Bruyn, ‘The Human Perspective in Sociology’ (Prentice-Hall, Englewood Cliffs, N.J., 1966) p. 250.Google Scholar
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© Jennifer Platt 1971

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of SussexUK

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