The Union and The Professors  

In December 1968, shortly after the last strike of New York’s United Federation of Teachers ended, its sister union, the United Federation of College Teachers, entered a collective bargaining election at the City University of New York. The UFCT’s opponent was …





Sociology as Imagination  

For a discipline that is a regular target for bad jokes about its jargon, the superficiality of its concepts, and the pseudo-scientific quality of its research techniques, sociology has an astonishingly prominent position in the culture. “Anomie,” “power structure,” “Protestant …



The CIA and the Universities  

The limiting case of the President’s generalization is the CIA’s enrollment in—or, perhaps, enrollment of—Michigan State University’s Vietnam project. In this extreme instance the university was used as a tool, though as a rule the academic community is handled more …







Populism as Bogey-Man  

THE TORMENT OF SECRECY, by Edward A. Shils. Free Press, Glencoe, Ill. $3.50. Edward A. Shils, a prominent sociologist who teaches at the University of Chicago, has written a skillful and provocative book which investigates “the background and consequences of …