Settlement Sociology in the Progressive Years

Faith, Science, and Reform

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Settlement Sociology in the Progressive Years claims for sociology a lost history and paradigm only recently acknowledged for shaping the American sociological tradition. Williams and MacLean trace the key works of early scholar activists through the leading settlement houses in Chicago, New York and Boston. The roots of sociology as a public enterprise for social reform are restored to the canon through early research, teaching and social advocacy. The settlement paradigm of “neighborly relations” combining the visions of social gospelers and first-wave feminists will resonate for a renewed public sociology today. Key to this paradigm was the movement to "settle" in neighborhoods and become active in the struggle for social change in a period of rapid industrialization, immigration, and urbanization.
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Biographical Note

Joyce E. Williams, Ph.D. (1971, Washington University) is professor of Sociology Emerita, Texas Woman’s University and has taught as adjunct faculty in several schools. She has authored three books and numerous articles on race relations, social inequality, and the history of sociology including In Search of the Kingdom.

Vicky M. MacLean, Ph.D. (1992, Duke University) is professor of Sociology at Middle Tennessee State University. She has published articles and chapters in books in the areas of gender studies, the sociology of work, health, death and dying, and the history of sociology including Ghosts of Sociologies Past.

Review Quote

"This volume does a remarkable job establishing the facts about sociology in the progressive era. In fact, it provides a 17-page appendix listing publications of just the Chicago women’s network of settlement sociologists. The volume belongs in every university library."
- Anthony J. Blasi (University of Texas at San Antonio), Critical Research on Religion (DOI: 10.1177/2050303216630072)

"Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above."
- N. B. Rosenthal (Stonybrook University), Choice, January 2016, Vol. 53, No. 5.

Table of contents

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

INTRODUCTION Sociology as Told
Reclaiming our History
The Politics of Erasure: Knowledge and Knowers of the Sociology Cannon
The Social Science Movement: Sociology and Social Work
Methodology
Social and Ideological Context
The Sociological Imagination from Margins to Center

1 PROBLEMS IN SEARCH OF SOLUTIONS: SCIENCE, RELIGION, AND EDUCATION IN THE PROGRESSIVE ERA
The Forces of Industrialization, Urbanization and Immigration
Social Science and Premonitions of Sociology
The Survey Movement and the Educating of America
The Social Gospel in the Progressive Era
Sociology, Social Reform, and the Social Gospel
2 NEIGHBORHOOD SETTLEMENTS: RESIDENCE, RESEARCH AND REFORM
The English Background
The United States Settlements
Commonalities and Differences
Networking and Federation
Contributions to Sociology
3 Hull House, Feminist Pragmatism, and the Chicago Women’s School of Sociology
Jane Addams and the Journey to Hull House
Addams the Sociologist
Hull House and the Practice of Sociology
Hull House Maps and Papers: Change Oriented Knowledge
Some Members of the Chicago Women’s School of Sociology
Contributions to Sociology
The Politics of Erasure

4 BACK OF THE YARDS: THE UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO SETTLEMENT
Mary McDowell: Standing in the Breach
University Research
Sociological Research and the Settlement
Contributions to Sociology
The Settlement and an Early Politics of Knowledge


5 CHICAGO COMMONS: SETTLEMENT AND SOCIAL GOSPEL IN ACTION
Graham Taylor: Sociological Christian
Taylor, the Social Gospel, and Sociology
Works by Taylor and Chicago Commons Residents
Taylor and the Chicago School of Civics and Philanthropy
Contributions to Sociology

6 BOSTON’S SOUTH END HOUSE: A SOCIOLOGICAL LABORATORY
Robert A. Woods, His Wife, and Associates
Woods and Academic Relations
Woods and the Social Gospel
Woods the Civic Leader
The Work of Woods and South End House Residents
Contributions to Sociology
Sociology, Social Work and the Politics of Gender

7 The College Settlements Association: Breaching Gender and Class in Cities
The Women Founders
The CSA and the Movement for Social Reconstruction
New York Settlement
Denison House of Boston
The Philadelphia College Settlement
The College Settlement of Baltimore
Contributions to Race, Class, and Gender Studies

8 HENRY STREET: WHERE HEALTH BECAME A PUBLIC ISSUE
Founders and Residents
The Intersection of Health and Industry
Florence Kelley: A Life in Search of Justice
Henry Street and the Factory Investigating Commission
Some Contributions to Sociology

9 GREENWICH HOUSE: THE HOUSE THAT MARY BUILT
Founder and Head Resident
Research and Sociological Work
Public Policy and the New York Scholar-Activist Network

10 Recovering a Paradigm Lost: Public Sociology Then and Now
Settlement Contributions to Sociology
Public Sociology Reclaimed
Lessons Learned: Beyond the Ivory Tower
Sociological Predecessors and Progenies

APPENDICES
Appendix A: Selected Works of the Chicago Women's School of Settlement Sociology
Appendix B: A Comparison of Some Aspects of the Urban Sociology of South End House and the University of Chicago Sociologists

REFERENCES
INDEX

Readership

All interested in the history of the social sciences, the progressive era, and settlement houses; faculty and students in sociology, women’s studies, and history. Academic libraries and public libraries especially in the cities of New York, Chicago, Boston, and Philadelphia.

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