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1057/9781137377173 The Postwar Boom  resulted in far reaching changes, including the creation of the American Sociological Review (ASR) and the establishment of an elite scientizing body with self-selecting membership, the Sociological Research Association,1 and the creation of a set of regional sociological societies and the Rural Sociological Society, which provided alternative venues to the American Sociological Society. In the early 1930s the ASS raised dues in order to purge the amateur, non-academic social reformers from the society.

Lipset, 1994, p. 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.

1057/ 9781137377173. s in sociology: departments were few and positions were scarce. s were employed at social service agencies, and others found their way there after losing academic positions. D. D. program expecting to address the problem in a typically reformist way, by preparing facts to be used to educate and uplift, and then to be converted by the professionalizing professors to academic ideals. By 1920 this had not entirely changed. The motivations of the students and the conversion to professional ideals continued, and the topics of dissertations reflected the close relation to reformism.

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