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The History of the Social Sciences Since 1945

Roger E. Backhouse, Philippe Fontaine

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This book covers the main developments in the social sciences after World War Two. Chapters on economics, human geography, political science, psychology, social anthropology, and sociology will interest anyone wanting short, accessible histories of those disciplines; they will also make it easy for readers to compare disciplines.

Roger E. Backhouse was a lecturer at University College London and at the University of Keele, before moving to the University of Birmingham in 1980, where he has been Professor of the History and Philosophy of Economics since 1996. In 2009 he took a part-time position at Erasmus University Rotterdam. After writing two textbooks on macroeconomics, he moved into the history of economics and methodology, on which he has published many articles in the leading journals, including History of Political Economy, Journal of the History of Economic Thought and European Journal of the History of Economic Thought. His books include A History of Modern Economic Analysis (1985), Economists and the Economy (1994), Truth and Progress in Economic Knowledge (1997) and The Penguin History of Economics (2002) (published in North America as The Ordinary Business of Life [2002]). Books he has edited include The Cambridge Companion to Keynes (with Bradley W. Bateman). He has been review editor of the Economic Journal, editor of the Journal of Economic Methodology and associate editor of the Journal of the History of Economic Thought. Philippe Fontaine is Professor of Economics in the Department of Economics at the Ecole Normale Superieure de Cachan and a Senior Fellow of the Institut Universitaire de France. In 2003-4, he was Ludwig Lachmann Research Fellow at the Department of Philosophy of the London School of Economics and Political Science. He is the co-editor of The Unsocial Social Science? Economics and Neighboring Disciplines Since 1945 (Duke University Press, 2010). He has written for a number of journals including Economics and Philosophy, History of Political Economy, Isis and the British Journal of Sociology. He is Associate Editor of the Revue de Philosophie Economique. In 2005, he received the Best Article Award of the Forum for the History of Human Science. In 2008, he was the recipient of the prix d'excellence en sciences sociales (Foundation Mattei Dogan/CNRS).


Einband Taschenbuch
Herausgeber Roger E. Backhouse, Philippe Fontaine
Seitenzahl 272
Erscheinungsdatum 01.05.2010
Sprache Englisch
ISBN 978-0-521-71776-2
Verlag Cambridge University Press
Maße (L/B/H) 23.3/15.4/2.8 cm
Gewicht 423 g


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  • 1. Introduction Roger E. Backhouse and Philippe Fontaine; 2. Psychology Mitchell G. Ash; 3. Economics Roger E. Backhouse; 4. Political science Robert Adcock and Mark Bevir; 5. Sociology Jennifer Platt; 6. Social anthropology Adam Kuper; 7. Human geography Ron Johnston; 8. Towards a history of the social sciences Roger E. Backhouse and Philippe Fontaine.