The Poor Relation

A History of Social Sciences in Australia

Stuart Macintyre
Winner, Non-Fiction, Prime Minister's Literary Award, 2011
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The Poor Relation
The Poor Relation

Published

1 July 2010

ISBN

9780522857757

Weight

570g

Size

232mm x 156mm

Imprint

Melbourne University Press

The Poor Relation

A History of Social Sciences in Australia

Stuart Macintyre
Winner, Non-Fiction, Prime Minister's Literary Award, 2011
What are the social sciences? What do they do? How are they practised in Australia? The Poor Relation examines the place of the social sciences - from economics and psychology to history, law and philosophy - in the teaching and research conducted by Australian universities. Across sixty years, The Poor Relation charts the changing circumstances of the social sciences, and measures their contribution to public policy. In doing so it also relates the arrangements made to support them and explains why they are so persistently treated as the poor relation of science and technology.
What are the social sciences? What do they do? How are they practised in Australia? The Poor Relation examines the place of the social sciences - from economics and psychology to history, law and philosophy - in the teaching and research conducted by Australian universities. Across sixty years, The Poor Relation charts the changing circumstances of the social sciences, and measures their contribution to public policy. In doing so it also relates the arrangements made to support them and explains why they are so persistently treated as the poor relation of science and technology.

About the author

Stuart Macintyre

Stuart Macintyre is Ernest Scott Professor of History at the University of Melbourne. His previous works include A Proletarian Science, Winners and Losers: The Pursuit of Social Justice in Australian History, Volume 4 of the Oxford History of Australia and A Colonial Liberalism.

About Stuart Macintyre

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