Social Class and Social Policy

Social Class and Social Policy

Social Class and Social Policy

Social Class and Social Policy

Synopsis

Alan S. Miller is Professor of Behavioral Science at Hokkaido University, Japan and is an Affiliate Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Washington. He has worked for the Environmental Sciences wing of the Science Applications International Corporation. Miller holds a Ph. D. in Sociology from the University of Washington. He is the author of over 20 articles in peer-reviewed academic journals concerned with the areas of crime and deviant behavior, religion, and comparative social psychology. Satoshi Kanazawa is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He has written widely in the areas of social psychology, political sociology, marriage and the family, criminology, macrosociology, mathematical sociology, theory, and methodology. His recent articles have appeared in American Sociological Review, American Journal of Sociology, Social Forces, Journal of Politics, Sociological Theory, and Evolution and Human Behavior. Alan S. Miller is Professor of Behavioral Science at Hokkaido University, Japan and is an Affiliate Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Washington. He has worked for the Environmental Sciences wing of the Science Applications International Corporation. Miller holds a Ph. D. in Sociology from the University of Washington. He is the author of over 20 articles in peer-reviewed academic journals concerned with the areas of crime and deviant behavior, religion, and comparative social psychology. Satoshi Kanazawa is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He has written widely in the areas of social psychology, political sociology, marriage and the family, criminology, macrosociology, mathematical sociology, theory, and methodology. His recent articles have appeared in American Sociological Review, American Journal of Sociology, Social Forces, Journal of Politics, Sociological Theory, and Evolution and Human Behavior.

Excerpt

This book is a product of more than twenty years of friendship and intellectual camaraderie. We first met as graduate students at Columbia University in an economics class. Over the years we changed our sights, Miller from economics to sociology and back toward the newly developing field of social economy; Riessman from sociology to social psychology. Throughout this period we have shared three common concerns: the first is to see that social science grows in usefulness to those in action—to distill ideas, orientations, strategies, and techniques which are to be effective for people engaged in various kinds of applied work.

The second is to develop social-science theory by applying it. Our aim is not only to test theory by its utilization; more importantly, it is to deepen theory by the probing of its application. An effective applied social science should create new theoretical perspectives.

The third is an abiding concern for those who are not doing so well as the rest of society. Here our interest has been initially in the working classes and then, more and more in recent years, we have centered on those at the bottom of the society, those now termed the poor. We have always felt that the understanding of the non-middle classes has been marred by stereotyping and by inadequate appreciation of their positive characteristics. Consequently, much of our writings over these decades have been centered on the problems of trying to clarify their strengths in order to provide a base for action. At the same . . .

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