The Polish Peasant after One Hundred Years: An Approach from the History of Sociology

Martin Bulmer


Sociology as we know it began in the twentieth century. The Polish Peasant was the first great work of empirical sociology. It was pioneering, it was unique and it involved the collaboration of an established American figure and his young Polish collaborator. It was a notable achievement of the Chicago School but it was unlike many of the classic Chicago urban and criminological studies. The authors did not collaborate again after 1918 for reasons which I will explain.


Chicago School; Thomas, Znaniecki collaboration; divergence

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