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Social change and politics; 1920-1976. (reprint, 1978).


Social change and politics; 1920-1976. (reprint, 1978)

Janowitz, Morris.

Transaction Publishers


582 pages




This is a reprint of a sociology classic published in 1978 under the title The Last Half Century. The work synthesizes US sociological research from 1920 to 1976 and argues that several major trends in politics, class structure, and military organization have contributed to a societal loss of social control, or ability to self-regulate. Organized into four sections, the volume explains the theory of social control, discusses analytic methods, identifies broad societal trends and the contexts in which they developed, and suggests ways to reorganize society to strengthen social control. Janowitz (1919-1988) was chair of the sociology department of the University of Chicago and the author of a number of sociology books. This edition contains a new introduction by Andrew Abbott, (Sociology, U. of Chicago) a former student of Janowitz's which reviews the work and places it in current sociological context.

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