This book is a biography of the husband and wife team that is largely responsible for developing social problems and social deviance as areas of research. Politics in the discipline of sociology is also examined.
John F. Galliher is Professor of Sociology at the University of Missouri-Columbia. James M. Galliher is Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
"The Gallihers document the strains between 'Christian' and 'value-free' sociology and the constraints upon Betty and other women in a male-dominated academic world. These chapters offer a clear and systematic analysis of the historical and biographical sources of the Lees' intellectual opposition to, and life-long struggle against, the 'professionalization' of sociology. The book provides a rich and appealing biographical portrait of Betty and Al Lees' marital and professional partnership. It offers a significant contribution to the history of sociology. " -- James D. Orcutt, Florida State University