William Ogburn

  • Dennis Smith
Part of the Contemporary Social Theory book series


Louis Wirth, as has been seen, was deeply concerned with the issues posed by size and space as aspects of modern society. By contrast, William Ogburn was fascinated by speed and time. His best-known work is Social Change which originally appeared in 1922. At the time this book was published Ogburn was a sociology professor at Columbia University, the institution which he had earlier attended while carrying out doctoral research under the guidance of Franklin Giddings. Ogburn, whose fields of competence included not only sociology but also economics, history and statistics, joined the Chicago faculty in 1927. Born in 1886, he was over a decade older than Wirth. However, he entered the orbit of Chicago some years after Wirth and enjoyed a longer life, dying in 1959.1


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© Dennis Smith 1988

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