Jane Addams is well known for her leadership in urban reform,
social settlements, pacifism, social work, and women's suffrage.The
men of the Chicago School are well known for their leadership in
founding sociology and the study of urban life.What has remained
hidden however, is that Jane Addams played a pivotal role in the
development of sociology and worked closely with the male faculty
at the Department of Sociology at the University of Chicago.
By using extensive archival material, Mary Jo Deegan is the
first to document Addams's sociological significance and the
existence of a sexual division of labor during the founding years
of the discipline. As the leader of the women's network, Addams was
able to bridge these two spheres of work and knowledge.Through an
analysis of the changing relations between the male and female
networks, Deegan shows that the Chicago men varied widely in their
understanding and acceptance of her sociological though and
action.Despite this variation, it was through her work with the men
of the Chicago School that Addams left a legacy for sociology as a
way of thinking, an area of study, and a methodological approach to
This previously unexamined heritage of American sociology will
be of value to anyone interested in the history of the social
sciences, especially sociology and social work, the development of
American social thought, the role of professional women, the
Progressive Era, and the intellectual contributions of Jane
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