George A. Lundberg

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George Andrew Lundberg
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Born Fairdale, North Dakota
Died Seattle, Washington
Citizenship American
Fields Sociology
Alma mater University of North Dakota
University of Wisconsin
University of Minnesota
Known for President of American Sociological Society

George Andrew Lundberg (born October 3, 1895 in Fairdale, North Dakota; died April 14, 1966 in Seattle, Washington) was an American sociologist.[1]

Biography[edit]

Lundberg received his bachelors degree from the University of North Dakota in 1920, a masters degree from the University of Wisconsin in 1922, and a doctorate in 1925 from the University of Minnesota. Following his doctorate, he began a faculty position at the University of Washington, but left after a year for postdoctoral studies at Columbia University, and then took a position as an associate professor at the University of Pittsburgh. In 1930, he became director of the Bureau of Social Research at the Pittsburgh Federation of Social Agencies, but he soon left Pittsburgh for a faculty position at Columbia. In 1934 he worked with the Federal Emergency Relief Administration, and soon thereafter moved to Bennington College in Vermont, where he was professor of sociology and statistics. After holding additional faculty positions at the University of Minnesota, Brigham Young University, and Stanford University, he joined the University of Washington in 1945 as professor and chair, and remained there for the rest of his career.[2]

Lundberg served at the 33rd President of the American Sociological Society.[2][3][4] He was also president of the Pacific Sociological Association,[5] the Eastern Sociological Society, and the Sociological Research Association, and was the editor of the journal Sociometry from 1941 to 1947.[2]

Awards and honors[edit]

Lundberg was a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and was awarded the Distinguished Achievement Medal of the University of Minnesota and an honorary doctorate in 1958 from the University of North Dakota.[2] After his death, a conference of the Pacific Sociological Association was held in his honor.[6]

Contributions[edit]

Lundberg's most lasting impression was made in his work entitled, Can Science Save Us?. However, Lundberg focused much of his research on the applications, limits, delimits, operational definitions, and linguistics.[7] Lundberg's approach to sociology is usually categorized as neo-positivism. Lundberg was critical of the Chicago School of sociology. He felt that their methodologies were not precise enough to generate reliable results.[8]

Books[edit]

  • Trends in American sociology (with Read Bain and Nels Anderson). Harper, 1929. Edited volume of a symposium of young sociologists.[9]
  • Social research : a study in methods of gathering data. Longmans, Green and Co., 1929. Reprinted 1942 and 1953. 2nd ed., Greenwood Press, 1968.[10]
  • Leisure: a suburban study (with Mirra Komarovsky and Mary Alice McInerny). Columbia University Press, 1934. Agathon Press, 1969.[11]
  • Foundations of sociology. The Macmillan Company, 1939; David McKay, 1964.[12]
  • Can science save us? Longmans, Green and Co., 1947.[13]
  • Sociology (with Otto N. Larsen and Clarence C. Schrag). Harper & Row, 1958; 4th ed., McGraw Hill, 1968.[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hammersley, Martyn (2007), "Lundberg, George. A. (1895–1966)", in Ritzer, George, Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology, Blackwell Publishing, doi:10.1111/b.9781405124331.2007.x .
  2. ^ a b c d Christopher, S. C. (1967), "In Memoriam: George A. Lundberg", International Journal of Comparative Sociology 8 (1): 118–120, doi:10.1163/156854267X00097 .
  3. ^ "Dr. Lundberg Elected Sociological President", Christian Science Monitor, October 5, 1942 .
  4. ^ Biography at American Sociological Association web site, retrieved 2009-07-19.
  5. ^ Past officers and editors, Pacific Sociological Association, retrieved 2009-07-19.
  6. ^ De Grazia, Alfred, ed. (1968), The Behavioral sciences: essays in honor of George A. Lundberg, Behavioral Research Council . Reviewed by Joseph S. Roucek (1969), The Western Political Quarterly 22(3): 680, and by Peter Abell (1970), The British Journal of Sociology 21(1): 118.
  7. ^ Don Martindale,The Nature and Types of Sociological Theory, 1981, pg.127
  8. ^ Warshay, Lee. Methodological Issues: Science (Empiricism and Neo-Positivism) and Humanism (Subjective and Objective idealism). Manuscript. Wayne State University, Detroit.
  9. ^ Reviews: Vance, Rupert B.; Lundberg, George A.; Bain, Read; Anderson, Nels (1930), "Trends in American Sociology.", Social Forces (University of North Carolina Press) 9 (2): 299–300, doi:10.2307/2570334, JSTOR 2570334 . Bernard, L. L. (1930), "LUNDBERG, GEORGE A., BAIN, READ, and ANDERSON, NELS. Trends in American Sociology. Pp. xii, 443. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1929", Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science 148: 303–304, doi:10.1177/000271623014800160 . Reuter, E. B. (1930), "Book Review:Trends in American Sociology. George A. Lundberg, Read Bain, Nels Anderson", American Journal of Sociology 36 (1): 142, doi:10.1086/215295 .
  10. ^ Reviews: Rice, Stuart A. (1929), "LUNDBERG, GEORGE A. Social Research: A Study in Methods of Gathering Data. Pp. xi, 380. New York: Longmans, Green and Company, 1929", The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science 145 (1): 208, doi:10.1177/000271622914500136 . Ogg, Frederic A.; Lunderg, George A.; Gee, Wilson (1930), "Social Research; A Study in Methods of Gathering Data", The American Political Science Review (American Political Science Association) 24 (1): 197–199, doi:10.2307/1946807, JSTOR 1946807 . Redfield, Robert (1931), ": Social Research. A Study in Methods of Gathering Data . George A. Lundberg", American Anthropologist 33 (1): 106–107, doi:10.1525/aa.1931.33.1.02a00130 . Phelps, Harold A.; Lundberg, George A. (1942), "Social Research: A Study in Methods of Gathering Data", Journal of the American Statistical Association (American Statistical Association) 37 (219): 397–398, doi:10.2307/2279013, JSTOR 2279013 . Shanas, Ethel (1942), "Book Review:Social Research: A Study in Methods of Gathering Data. George A. Lundberg", American Journal of Sociology 47 (6): 998, doi:10.1086/219056 . Bowers, Raymond V.; Lundberg, George A. (1942), "Social Research: A Study in Methods of Gathering Data", Sociometry (American Sociological Association) 5 (2): 197–199, doi:10.2307/2785433, JSTOR 2785433 . Farnsworth, Paul R. (1942), "Review of Social Research: A Study in Methods of Gathering Data (2nd Ed.)", The Journal of Abnormal and Social Psychology 37 (4): 569, doi:10.1037/h0051370 . Peel, Roy V.; Lundberg, George A. (1942), "Social Research; A Study in Methods of Gathering Data", The American Political Science Review (American Political Science Association) 36 (5): 982–984, doi:10.2307/1949316, JSTOR 1949316 . Davis, Kingsley; Lundberg, George E. (1943), "Social Research: A Study in Methods of Gathering Data", American Sociological Review (American Sociological Association) 8 (1): 100–101, doi:10.2307/2085466, JSTOR 2085466 .
  11. ^ Reviews: McKenzie, R. D. (1935), "LUNDBERG, GEORGE A., et al. Leisure, A Suburban Study. Pp.396. New York: Columbia University Press, 1934. $3.00", The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science 178 (1): 214–215, doi:10.1177/000271623517800151 . Schauffler, Mary C. (1935), "Book Review:Leisure: A Suburban Study. George A. Lundberg, Mirra Komarovsky, Mary Alice McInerny", American Journal of Sociology 41 (2): 256, doi:10.1086/217064 .
  12. ^ Reviews: Sorokin, Pitirim A. (1940), "Book Review:Foundations of Sociology. George A. Lundberg", The American Journal of Sociology 45 (5): 795–798, doi:10.1086/218455 . Banks, J. A.; Lundberg, George A.; McKay, David (1965), "Foundations of Sociology", The British Journal of Sociology (Blackwell Publishing) 16 (1): 82–83, doi:10.2307/588570, JSTOR 588570 .
  13. ^ Reviews: Kaempffert, Waldemar (June 8, 1947), "A New Role for the Social Sciences", New York Times . Jordan-Smith, Paul (February 9, 1947), "I'll be judge, you'll be jury", Los Angeles Times . Gregg, John R. (1947), "Book Review:Can Science Save Us? George A. Lundberg", The Quarterly Review of Biology 22 (4): 318, doi:10.1086/395893 . Hankins, Frank H.; Lundberg, George A. (1947), "Can Science Save Us?", Southern Economic Journal (Southern Economic Association) 14 (1): 73–74, doi:10.2307/1052873, JSTOR 1052873 . Morgenthau, Hans (1947), "Book Review:Science and Freedom. Lyman Bryson; Can Science Save Us? George A. Lundberg", Ethics 57 (3): 217, doi:10.1086/290567 . Woodard, James W. (1947), "LUNDBERG, GEORGE A. Can Science Save Us? Pp. 122. New York: Longmans, Green and Co., 1947. $1.75 cloth; $1.00 paper", The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science 252 (1): 158–159, doi:10.1177/000271624725200183 . Parton, Dorothy M.; Lundberg, G. A. (1947), "Can Science Save Us?", The American Catholic Sociological Review (Oxford University Press) 8 (2): 140–141, doi:10.2307/3707554, JSTOR 3707554 . Hertzler, J. O.; Lundberg, George A. (1947), "Can Science Save Us?", Social Forces 26 (1): 100–101, doi:10.2307/2572613, JSTOR 2572613 . Freedman, Ronald; Lundberg, George A. (1948), "Can Science Save Us?", American Sociological Review (American Sociological Association) 13 (2): 226–228, doi:10.2307/2087037, JSTOR 2087037 . Becker, Howard (1948), "Book Review:Can Science Save Us? George A. Lundberg", American Journal of Sociology 54 (2): 170, doi:10.1086/220305 . Chinoy, Ely; Lundberg, George (1949), "Can Science Save Us?", The Canadian Journal of Economics and Political Science (Blackwell Publishing) 15 (1): 117–118, doi:10.2307/137969, JSTOR 137969 . Pierce, Albert; Lundberg, George A. (1962), "Can Science Save Us?", American Sociological Review (American Sociological Association) 27 (1): 132, doi:10.2307/2089778, JSTOR 2089778 .
  14. ^ Review: Hinkle, Roscoe C., Jr. (1956), "Book Review:Sociology. George A. Lundberg, Clarence C. Schrag, Otto N. Larsen", American Journal of Sociology 61 (4): 381, doi:10.1086/221780 .