Jennifer Platt

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Jennifer Platt FAcSS is a sociologist who is Emeritus Professor at the University of Sussex,[1] where she taught from 1964 to 2002. She has been President of the British Sociological Association in 1987-89, and edited its journal Sociology for 1985-87.[2] She was a member of the International Sociological Association’s (ISA) executive from 1994-2002. Her research interests in the history of sociology have been reflected in her terms as Secretary and President of the ISA’s Research Committee on the History of Sociology, and as Chair of the American Sociological Association’s Section on the History of Sociology, [3] In 2002 she became an Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences.[4] Her main publications include: The Affluent Worker in the Class Structure, 1969, (with Goldthorpe et al.); Realities of Social Research, Sussex University Press, 1976; A History of Sociological Research Methods in America, 1920-1960, Cambridge University Press, 1996; and The British Sociological Association: a Sociological History, SociologyPress, 2003.


  1. ^ Faculty profile, Department of Sociology, University of Sussex. Accessed September 5, 2010
  2. ^ Charles Camic, Book review: Jennifer Platt, The British Sociological Association: A Sociological History. Durham: Sociologypress, 2003, International Sociology, vol. 19, no. 4, pp. 533-535
  3. ^ Section Officer 2007-2008, Timelines, newsletter of the History of Sociology section of the American Sociological Association, E-Newsletter no. 9, November 2007, p. 5. Accessed September 5, 2010
  4. ^ New Academicians 2002, Social Sciences Bulletin, issue 4, November 2004, p. 4. Academy of Social Sciences. Accessed September 5, 2010