Marginality and Dissent in Twentieth-Century American Sociology

The Case of Elizabeth Briant Lee and Alfred McClung Lee

By John F. Galliher & James M. Galliher

Subjects: Criminology
Series: SUNY series in Deviance and Social Control
Paperback : 9780791424841, 249 pages, July 1995
Hardcover : 9780791424834, 249 pages, July 1995

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Table of contents


1. The Lees in Historical Context: Moral Reform and the Origins of American Sociology

2. The Significance of Two Careers and Lives Together

3. The Birth of Clinical Sociology: Clinical Sociology in Society

4. Clinical Sociology in Professional Associations, Universities, and the Discipline

4. Branching Out: Academic Freedom and Teaching Clinical Sociology

6. Concluion





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