The Poor Relation: A History of Social Sciences in AustraliaPaperback
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- Publisher: Melbourne University Press
- Format: Paperback | 416 pages
- Dimensions: 154mm x 230mm x 32mm | 540g
- Publication date: 1 October 2010
- Publication City/Country: Carlton
- ISBN 10: 0522857752
- ISBN 13: 9780522857757
- Sales rank: 749,390
What are the social sciences? What do they do? How are they practised in Australia? The Poor Relation examines the place of the social sciences - from economics and psychology to history, law and philosophy - in the teaching and research conducted by Australian universities. Across sixty years, The Poor Relation charts the changing circumstances of the social sciences, and measures their contribution to public policy. In doing so it also relates the arrangements made to support them and explains why they are so persistently treated as the poor relation of science and technology.
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Stuart Macintyre is the Ernest Scott Professor of History at the University of Melbourne and the author of "The History Wars." He is a former president of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia and a current member of the Advisory Council of the Australian Research Council.