Social Science for What?
Battles over Public Funding for the "Other Sciences" at the National Science Foundation
How the NSF became an important yet controversial patron for the social sciences, influencing debates over their scientific status and social relevance.
In the early Cold War years, the U.S. government established the National Science Foundation (NSF), a civilian agency that soon became widely known for its dedication to supporting first-rate science. The agency's 1950 enabling legislation made no mention of the social sciences, although it included a vague reference to "other sciences." Nevertheless, as Mark Solovey shows in this book, the NSF also soon became a major--albeit controversial--source of public funding for them.