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By Jon Clark

James S. Coleman used to be certainly one of a individual iteration of sociology scholars who undergone the Columbia Sociology division within the Nineteen Forties and `50s. This e-book significantly debates his paintings and his contribution to society and the social sciences extra as a rule. It includes 18 significant papers through 20 authors from six international locations on a number topics. the quantity is framed by means of a longer editorial creation reflecting at the 5- yr alternate of correspondence among James Coleman and the editor, including of Coleman's personal works.

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I will report in my next Reflections in Phi Delta Kappan whether or not the attempt was successful. Burleson, Bloomington, Indiana: Phi Delta Kappa Educational Foundation, 1991, pp. 62– 70. It is reproduced with the permission of the author. 3 Youth and Adolescence: A Historical and Cultural Perspective Torsten Husén My first contact with Coleman’s work occurred at the University of Chicago, where I spent the fall of 1959 as a visiting professor at the Comparative Education Center. Coleman, who was at the time in the process of leaving Chicago for an associate professorship at Johns Hopkins.

Curiously, several years later, when Coleman needed a sixteen-fold table for a chapter on mutual interpersonal influence that he was writing for a festschrift in honour of Paul Lazarsfeld (Coleman, 1979a), he used a cross-tabulation over time of patterns of marijuana use among adolescent friendship pairs from one of my studies (Kandel, 1978) rather than a similar table that he could have derived from longitudinal data collected as part of The Adolescent Society. Coleman was familiar with the table, having consulted with me regarding its analysis.

When the Academia Europea asked me to set up a task force to identify major issues in European formal schooling and their ramifications, it was natural to draw upon Coleman’s ideas in analyzing the changing relationships between home and school. The present chapter will deal with the two areas in educational sociology in which James Coleman’s influence has been seminal: youth culture and the ‘generation gap’, and child and youth socialization and child rearing against the background of the changing role and functions of the family in modern society.

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