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211) This is a view from on high. Many sociologists in the Midwest identified as Symbolic Interactionists and many Chicago sociologists never identified with structural functional theory. Functionalism never had a following in the largest regional association, the Southern Sociological Society. Many more sociologists were simply indifferent to this elite project. Sociology at the ‘lower’ levels and in state universities had retained more of its connection to place, and thus to local problems and concerns, and also to producing sociology that was readable and usable by non-sociologists.
Degrees in this period. Following the Civil War a large number of institutions were established for and by Blacks, and states were obliged to create separate institutions for Blacks if they practiced segregation, as all Southern states did. Black sociologists were both attracted and condemned to these institutions: although they were not excluded from White institutions in the North, typically they regarded themselves as having a special responsibility toward their race, and thus toward these institutions.
A similar movement developed in psychology in the 1990s, when many psychologists felt that the applied and popular role of psychology had pushed aside its scientific aims. Ironically, Sorokin was among the most successful ‘public sociologists’ in history. His wartime writings, such as Man and Society in Calamity (1942) and Crisis of Our Age (1941), were international bestsellers that went through many editions and continued to influence sociology outside of the US until the 1960s (Marotta and Gregor, 1961, p.