Sociology in the Soviet Union and Beyond

Sociology in the Soviet Union and Beyond Book Reviews / Comparative Sociology 6 (2007) 374–386 383 Weinberg, Elizabeth A. , 2004, Sociology in the Soviet Union and Beyond , Alder- shot: Ashgate, 199 pp., ISBN 0 7546 3817 0 (hb), $ 99.95, £55.00. Sociology in the Soviet Union essentially began in the late 1950s and early 1960s. At first sociologists and their students were allowed to study Soviet public opinion with relative freedom. No questions were allowed, how- ever, about people’s attitudes toward private property, religion, or the Communist Party – and certainly not about Comrade Brezhnev. By 1966, national surveys were asking people’s opinions of Soviet newspapers, even Pravda . Th e discipline was then repressed in the 1970s and 1980s, during the “period of stagnation.” Th is revised edition remains focused on two areas of interest: the his- torical and social circumstances surrounding the development of sociology (or rather sociologies as the author reminds us) in different societies, and a specific “area” of concern with the social structure of the Soviet Union. Th is work then is a case study in the institutionalization of a discipline in a particular country. Th e book is certainly selective rather than exhaustive in its understanding of http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Comparative Sociology Brill

Sociology in the Soviet Union and Beyond

Comparative Sociology, Volume 6 (3): 383 – Jan 1, 2007

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© 2007 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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1569-1322
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Book Reviews / Comparative Sociology 6 (2007) 374–386 383 Weinberg, Elizabeth A. , 2004, Sociology in the Soviet Union and Beyond , Alder- shot: Ashgate, 199 pp., ISBN 0 7546 3817 0 (hb), $ 99.95, £55.00. Sociology in the Soviet Union essentially began in the late 1950s and early 1960s. At first sociologists and their students were allowed to study Soviet public opinion with relative freedom. No questions were allowed, how- ever, about people’s attitudes toward private property, religion, or the Communist Party – and certainly not about Comrade Brezhnev. By 1966, national surveys were asking people’s opinions of Soviet newspapers, even Pravda . Th e discipline was then repressed in the 1970s and 1980s, during the “period of stagnation.” Th is revised edition remains focused on two areas of interest: the his- torical and social circumstances surrounding the development of sociology (or rather sociologies as the author reminds us) in different societies, and a specific “area” of concern with the social structure of the Soviet Union. Th is work then is a case study in the institutionalization of a discipline in a particular country. Th e book is certainly selective rather than exhaustive in its understanding of

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