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Furthering the Applied Side of Sociology

Howard E. Freeman and Peter H. Rossi
American Sociological Review
Vol. 49, No. 4 (Aug., 1984), pp. 571-580
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2095470
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Abstract

Sociology, along with most other social sciences, is confronted with serious professional problems, including the currently poor academic job market, a further projected decline in university employment opportunities, and curtailed governmental support for research and training. At the same time, however, the discipline has failed to take advantage of applied sociological opportunities. To at least some extent, applied work could mitigate the consequences of the shrinking opportunities for sociologists in the academic labor market. In our view, however, there are qualitative differences between applied and conventional academic work that need to be confronted, including the educational preparation required, the criteria for student selection, the ways faculty are evaluated, and the kinds of work that are valued.

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