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  • Volume 7: The Modern Social Sciences
  • Edited by Theodore M. Porter, University of California, Los Angeles , Dorothy Ross, The Johns Hopkins University
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This volume provides a history of the concepts, practices, institutions, and ideologies of social sciences (including behavioural and economic sciences) since the eighteenth century. It offers original, synthetic accounts of the historical development of social knowledge, including its philosophical assumptions, its social and intellectual organization, and its relations to science, medicine, politics, bureaucracy, philosophy, religion, and the professions. Its forty-two chapters include inquiries into the genres and traditions that formed social science, the careers of the main social disciplines (psychology, economics, sociology, anthropology, political science, geography, history, and statistics), and international essays on social science in Eastern Europe, Asia, Africa, and Latin America. It also includes essays that examine the involvement of the social sciences in government, business, education, culture, and social policy. This is a broad cultural history of social science, which analyzes from a variety of perspectives its participation in the making of the modern world.

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‘Historians of biology can greatly benefit from this comprehensive account of the history of the social sciences. … On the whole this is an excellent book, readable and useful for historians of science in any field.‘

Source: History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences

'This is as one might expect, a magisterial achievement of vast scope. The 43 chapters are divided into four parts, and cover every conceivable historical and disciplinary area.'

Source: The Scientific and Medical Network Review

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