Sociology and the Field of Corrections

Sociology and the Field of Corrections

Sociology and the Field of Corrections

Sociology and the Field of Corrections

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American sociolooy has long been interested in specific areas of application. The major emphases upon research and methodology of recent decades have shared the scene with the work of those whose acknowledged responsibility was that of the applied sociologist. Indeed, the researcher and the theorist frequently shifted roles to that of the practitioner, or at least that of a middleman mediating between scholarship and its use in the field. The roles of the practitioner or middleman and their special problems have been in process of sharpened definition. In the decade since World War II, the American Sociological Society has expanded rapidly, not only in the number of members whose primary affiliation is with academic institutions but also in the number and variety of those engaged in numerous fields of practice. This has led the Society to focus attention upon the problems raised by the professional practice of sociology.

In a parallel line of interest Russell Sage Foundation undertook to advance the use of' accumulated products and methods of the social sciences in selected fields of professional practice -- to shorten or bridge the gap between what is known and what we try to do. Therefore, when the American Sociological Society proposed to the Foundation a collaboration in the preparation and publication of a series of short bulletins, each dealing with a single area in which the sociologist is a practitioner or his work is relevant to practice, the Foundation agreed to participate in the joint enterprise. The preparation of three bulletins was undertaken. Dr. John A. Clausen of the National Institute of Mental Health has written one on Sociology and Mental Health. Dr. Albert F. Wessen of Yale University has undertaken another on Sociology and Medicine.

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