Sociology of the Future: Theory, Cases and Annotated Bibliography

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Wendell Bell, James Wau
Russell Sage Foundation, Oct 12, 1971 - Social Science - 480 pages
Concerns itself with the future of sociology, and of all social science. The thirteen authors—among them Wendell Bell, Kai T. Erikson, Scott Greer, Robert Boguslaw, James Mau, and Ivar Oxaal—are oriented toward a redefinition of the role of the social scientist as advisor to policymakers and administrators in all major areas of social concern, for the purpose of studying and shaping the future. This book contains research strategies for such "futurologistic" study, theories on its merits and dangers, as well as an annotated bibliography of social science studies of the future.
 

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Contents

Theory and Research Strategies
6
Wendell Bell and lames A
45
Constructing the Past and Making the Future
57
Some Images of the Future in Sociology
107
The Myth of ValueFree Psychotherapy
113
Continuities in Changing Expectations
160
Images of Canadas Future in John Porters The Vertical Mosaic
188
Images of American
208
Images of the Future in Action
235
Policy and the Urban Future
259
Epilogue Wendell Bell
324
A Selected and Annotated Bibliography
339
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WENDELL BELL is professor of sociology at Yale University. JAMES A. MAU is associate professor of sociology and associate dean of the Graduate School at Yale University.

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