By Chris Renwick
A brand new and cutting edge account of British sociology's highbrow origins that makes use of formerly unknown archival assets to teach how the field's forgotten roots in a overdue 19th and early twentieth-century debate approximately biology will help us comprehend either its next improvement and destiny strength.
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E. 38 In fact, as the prominent political and moral philosopher Henry Sidgwick put it in 1887, the middle decades of the nineteenth century were ‘halcyon days’ for political economy in Britain: [T]he condemnation of Political Economy by Auguste Comte was generally disregarded ... I hardly think that even the eloquent diatribes of Mr Frederic Harrison induced any considerable number of 30 British Sociology’s Lost Biological Roots readers ... even to doubt the established position of economics. 40 Indeed, at the end of the 1860s the tide of British opinion had dramatically turned against political economy’s classical system of thought, which kick-started a process that would see sociology enter mainstream social scientific debate.
With the rapid growth of manufacturing towns such as 24 British Sociology’s Lost Biological Roots Manchester and the impact of the Chartist movement, which, despite its short-term failure, led to long-term shifts in attitudes amongst the political classes, the landscape of British politics underwent important changes during the mid-nineteenth century. In response, reformers proposed that the existing property qualification for the vote should be lowered or abolished and the electoral power of constituencies rebalanced to better reflect the new geographical distribution of people.
74 38 British Sociology’s Lost Biological Roots Over the following months the fate of Section F was occasionally the subject of discussion in the periodical press. 75 By July 1878, with the BAAS meeting in Dublin on the horizon, the issue still loomed large, though. 76 However, despite these concerns, the Dublin meeting did mark the closing of the Section F debate as the BAAS council declared themselves to be ‘of the opinion that the existing Rules of the Association’, with additional protective measures regarding the planning of the meetings, would ‘afford ...