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British Sociology's Lost Biological Roots

A History of Futures Past

Authors: Renwick, Chris

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A new and innovative account of British sociology's intellectual origins that uses previously unknown archival resources to show how the field's forgotten roots in a late nineteenth and early twentieth-century debate about biology can help us understand both its subsequent development and future potential.

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CHRIS RENWICK Lecturer in Modern History at the University of York, UK.

Reviews

'This is a ground-breaking intellectual history of British sociology.' - Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences

'Renwick's recovery of the dynamic origins of British sociology represents a most welcome addition to contemporary social thought

well beyond the historical details. The book will be of considerable interest for both historians of science and sociologists, especially those at the graduate level interested in the connection between biology and science.' - Canadian Journal of Sociology

'Renwick's book is clearly written [and] well documented . . . As Steve Fuller correctly says in his Foreword, "This is history of science at its best."' - Contemporary Sociology

'By highlighting important historical relations between the projects of political economy, eugenics-biometrics, botany and zoology, Herbert Spencer's social philosophy, social reformism and journalism, and the longstanding search for a science of sociology, Renwick's book makes an important contribution to the interpretive aspect of the nineteenth-century problem.' - Ether Wave Propaganda, blog


Table of contents (8 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Renwick, Chris

    Pages 1-16

  • Political Economy, the BAAS, and Sociology

    Renwick, Chris

    Pages 19-42

  • Francis Galton and the Science of Eugenics

    Renwick, Chris

    Pages 45-69

  • Patrick Geddes’ Biosocial Science of Civics

    Renwick, Chris

    Pages 70-97

  • L. T. Hobhouse’s Evolutionary Philosophy of Reform

    Renwick, Chris

    Pages 98-120

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
British Sociology's Lost Biological Roots
Book Subtitle
A History of Futures Past
Authors
Copyright
2012
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited
eBook ISBN
978-0-230-36710-4
DOI
10.1057/9780230367104
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-230-35616-0
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-34737-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 257
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