Historical Sociology: The Selected Papers of Bernhard J. Stern

Historical Sociology: The Selected Papers of Bernhard J. Stern

Historical Sociology: The Selected Papers of Bernhard J. Stern

Historical Sociology: The Selected Papers of Bernhard J. Stern

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This volume brings together posthumously a selection of articles by Bernhard J. Stern which, with one exception, have not hitherto appeared in book form. Their range is remarkably wide, including such diverse topics as sociology, anthropology, race relations, genetics, psychoanalysis, medical sociology and medical care, science and technology, higher education and the theory of historical materialism. So extensive a range in another writer might imply superficiality or merely the popularization of difficult scientific or sociological concepts. With Dr. Stern, however, the very diversity and breadth of his interests enriched his contributions to scholarship. His insights and erudition in one field stimulated his understanding of other fields; his ideas "cross-fertilized one another.

Born in Chicago in 1894, Dr. Stern's intellectual journey started at the University of Cincinnati where he received his Bachelor's and Master's degrees. His interest in sociology was kindled at the University of Michigan (1920) where he studied under the noted sociologist, Charles Horton Cooley. Although he prepared to enter medical school, he abandoned the plan because of poor health and determined instead to study and teach sociology and anthropology. After a year in Europe at the University of Berlin (1923) and at the London School of Economics (1924), he matriculated at Columbia University where he was influenced by the ideas of Franz Boas and William Fielding Ogburn. Here he received the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in sociology and anthropology (1927). He became an assistant editor of the Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences (1931) and was appointed, in the same year . . .

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