ERIC Number: ED230462
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: N/A
A History of the American Sociological Association, 1905-1980.
Rhoades, Lawrence J.
On the approach of the 75th anniversary of the founding of the American Sociological Association (ASA), readily available, official records were utilized to write its history. The product does not detail a history of sociology in the United States; it deals with a history of an organization facing, over time, a series of problems. There is a repetitiveness of concerns over the years, and much of the organization's history is the reworking of solutions to these problems. The repetitive issues include: the scope of the Association; membership qualifications; how to organize the annual meeting and publications; how to finance activities; how to relate to regional associations, to other social science associations, to government, and to colleagues around the world; whether to have a permanent Executive Office; how to encourage good research, reward scholarship, encourage good teaching, strengthen academic freedom, and improve the application of sociological knowledge to the problems of society; and how to identify and increase employment opportunities. In addition to the text, there is a chronology of events, lists of officers and ASA award winners, and subject and name indexes. (RM)
Descriptors: Educational History, Organizational Change, Organizational Communication, Organizational Development, Organizational Effectiveness, Organizational Objectives, Professional Associations, Sociology
American Sociological Association, 1722 N Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20036 ($5.00).
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Historical Materials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Sociological Association, Washington, DC.