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|Title:||Voices from the past, lessons for the future: Learning from the history of sociology in government|
|Author(s):||Julie N. Zimmerman, (Department of Community and Leadership Development, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky, USA)|
|Citation:||Julie N. Zimmerman, (2008) "Voices from the past, lessons for the future: Learning from the history of sociology in government", Equal Opportunities International, Vol. 27 Iss: 2, pp.132 - 147|
|Keywords:||History, Partnership, Public sector organizations, Rural regions, Sociology, United States of America|
|Article type:||Research paper|
|DOI:||10.1108/02610150810853460 (Permanent URL)|
|Publisher:||Emerald Group Publishing Limited|
Purpose – As academic fields increasingly turn to social action and seek partnerships with groups beyond the academy, so too are we looking for guidance. Rural sociology developed out of applying research to social action and within this field was a unique unit. The purpose of this paper is to present a history of the Division of Farm Population and Rural Life, which was part of the US Department of Agriculture from 1919 to 1953 was a pioneer in applying sociological knowledge to policy and action.
Design/methodology/approach – This article looks back to the history of this unit to examine the lessons to be learned.
Findings – Placing these lessons within the context of contemporary issues underscores the continuing relevance of this historical experience.
Originality/value – The issues surrounding engaging external partners are both particularistic and universal. However, without an historical sense of the challenges, each time we encounter them, the challenges feel new and somehow unique. This article looks back to history to examine lessons that can be learned. Placing these lessons within the context of contemporary issues underscores relevance of the historical experience from events and people that occurred several generations of professionals ago.
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