Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
Sociology and Anthropology
In the history of civilisation, few men have, as the result of their own thoughts, raised themselves head and shoulders above their fellows. Most have had to be content merely to adopt their ideas and beliefs from others. Few are they, indeed, who have penetrated the depths of the unknown and then have successfully returned with new ideas expressed in conventional language so that we of lesser ability might also understand. Charles Horton Cooley was one of these. He did not invent a new silver cleaner or make an improvement on a mousetrap. He merely "contemplated his own soul and saw the world reflected there". Aided by the power of introspectionand inspired primarily by the great masters of literature, he took many of the vague tendencies and impressions of his age and returned them through his writings as clear, definite, and workable ideas.
Ewens, William L., "An Analysis of the Influence of Charles Horton Cooley's Concept of the Primary Group Upon American Sociology" (1962). Student Work. 1777.
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