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dc.contributor.authorSolovey, Mark
dc.date.accessioned2022-02-21T15:12:45Z
dc.date.available2022-02-21T15:12:45Z
dc.date.issued2020
dc.identifierONIX_20220221_9780262358743_109
dc.identifier.urihttps://directory.doabooks.org/handle/20.500.12854/78589
dc.description.abstractHow the NSF became an important yet controversial patron for the social sciences, influencing debates over their scientific status and social relevance. In the early Cold War years, the U.S. government established the National Science Foundation (NSF), a civilian agency that soon became widely known for its dedication to supporting first-rate science. The agency's 1950 enabling legislation made no mention of the social sciences, although it included a vague reference to “other sciences.” Nevertheless, as Mark Solovey shows in this book, the NSF also soon became a major—albeit controversial—source of public funding for them. Solovey's analysis underscores the long-term impact of early developments, when the NSF embraced a “scientistic” strategy wherein the natural sciences represented the gold standard, and created a social science program limited to “hard-core” studies. Along the way, Solovey shows how the NSF's efforts to support scholarship, advanced training, and educational programs were shaped by landmark scientific and political developments, including McCarthyism, Sputnik, reform liberalism during the 1960s, and a newly energized conservative movement during the 1970s and 1980s. Finally, he assesses the NSF's relevance in a “post-truth” era, questions the legacy of its scientistic strategy, and calls for a separate social science agency—a National Social Science Foundation. Solovey's study of the battles over public funding is crucial for understanding the recent history of the social sciences as well as ongoing debates over their scientific status and social value.
dc.languageEnglish
dc.relation.ispartofseriesThe MIT Press
dc.subject.classificationbic Book Industry Communication::P Mathematics & science::PD Science: general issues::PDK Science funding & policy
dc.subject.classificationbic Book Industry Communication::P Mathematics & science::PD Science: general issues::PDX History of science
dc.subject.classificationbic Book Industry Communication::H Humanities::HB History::HBJ Regional & national history::HBJK History of the Americas
dc.subject.otherCentral / national / federal government policies
dc.subject.otherHistory of science
dc.subject.otherHistory of the Americas
dc.titleSocial Science for What?
dc.title.alternativeBattles over Public Funding for the "Other Sciences" at the National Science Foundation
dc.typebook
oapen.relation.isPublishedByae0cf962-f685-4933-93d1-916defa5123d
oapen.relation.isbn9780262358743
oapen.relation.isbn9780262539050
oapen.imprintThe MIT Press
oapen.pages408
oapen.place.publicationCambridge


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