By Dorothy Ross
Concentrating on the disciplines of economics, sociology, political technology, and background, this booklet examines how American social technological know-how got here to version itself on ordinary technological know-how and liberal politics. Professor Ross argues that American social technological know-how gets its specific stamp from the ideology of yank exceptionalism, the concept that the United States occupies a very good position in historical past, in response to her republican executive and huge fiscal chance. below the impression of this nationwide self-conception, americans believed that their background was once set on a millennial direction, exempted from old swap and from the mass poverty and sophistication clash of Europe. earlier than the Civil struggle, this imaginative and prescient of yankee exceptionalism drew social scientists into the nationwide attempt to stick the hand of time. now not until eventually after the Civil warfare did industrialization strength americans to confront the assumption and truth of historic swap. The social technological know-how disciplines had their starting place in that drawback and their improvement is a narrative of efforts to avert and tame ancient transformation within the curiosity of exceptionalist beliefs. this is often the 1st publication to appear greatly at American social technological know-how in its historic context and to illustrate the vital significance of the nationwide ideology of yankee exceptionalism to the improvement of the social sciences and to American social proposal often.