Sociology and the Post-war Settlement

Part of the Sociology Transformed book series (SOTR)


This chapter examines the development of sociology provision in Britain between 1945 and 1979. It reports on university expansion in the 1950s and 1960s that led to the creation of new departments of sociology, the recruitment of staff, and the conversion of Colleges into Polytechnics. It documents the history of growth in the many departments that shaped the intellectual development of the discipline, and it considers the professionalisation strategies of academic sociologists.


University expansion Professionalisation BSA Social Science Research Council Polytechnics Feminism 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Essex UniversityColchesterUK
  2. 2.Exeter UniversityExeterUK

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