From 1945 to about 1960, the University of Chicago was home to a group of faculty and graduate students whose work has come to define what many call a second "Chicago School" of sociology. Like its predecessor earlier in the century, the postwar department was again the centre for qualitative social research - on everything from mapping the nuances of human behaviour in small groups to seeking solutions to problems of race, crime and poverty. Howard Becker, Joseph Gusfield, Herbert Blumer, David Riesman, Erving Goffman and others created a large, enduring body of work. In this book, leading sociologists critically confront this legacy. The eight original chapters survey the issues that defined the department's agenda: the focus on deviance, race and ethnic relations, urban life and collective behaviour; the renewal of participant observation as a method and the refinement of symbolic interaction as a guiding theory; and the professional and institutional factors that shaped this generation, including the leadership of Louis Wirth and Everett C.
Hughes; the role of women; and the competition for national influence which Chicago sociology faced from survey research at Columbia and grand theory at Harvard. The contributors also discuss the internal conflicts that call into question the very idea of a unified "school".
Preface Joseph Gusfield Introduction: A Second Chicago School? The Development of a Postwar American Sociology Gary Alan Fine 1: Elaboration, Revision, Polemic, and Progress in the Second Chicago School Paul Colomy, J. David Brown. 2: Research Methods and the Second Chicago School Jennifer Platt 3: The Ethnographic Present: Images of Institutional Control in Second-School Research Gary Alan Fine, Lori J. Ducharme. 4: The Sociology of Race and Ethnicity in the Second Chicago School R. Fred Wacker 5: Chicago's Two Worlds of Deviance Research: Whose Side Are They on? John F. Galliher 6: The Chicago Approach to Collective Behavior David A. Snow, Phillip W. Davis. 7: Transition and Tradition: Departmental Faculty in the Era of the Second Chicago School Andrew Abbott, Emanuel Gaziano. 8: The Chicago School of Sociology and the Founding of the Brandeis University Graduate Program in Sociology: A Case Study in Cultural Diffusion Shulamit Reinharz 9: The Second Sex and the Chicago School: Women's Accounts, Knowledge, and Work, 1945-1960 Mary Jo Deegan Postscript Helena Znaniecka Lopata Appendix One: Ph.D. Degrees in the Department of Sociology at the University of Chicago, 1946-1965 Appendix Two: Faculty in the Department of Sociology at the University of Chicago, 1946-1960 Contributors Index