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Hinkle, 1952. Social Research 19(4):464-484

The Four Wishes in Thomas' Theory of Social Change
Gisela J. Hinkle

Social Research: An International Quarterly

Arien Mack, Editor

Volume 19, No. 4 (Winter 1952): 464-484

EXCERPT: The long-established eminence of W. I. Thomas as one of America's foremost sociologists has been recently confirmed by various writers who have particularly stressed his resolute insistence on the use of modern, scientific methodology. None of his encomiasts, however, has observed the unity given his work by his persistent interest in the problem of social change. When Thomas' sociological contributions are examined with reference to this unifying theme, the interrelatedness of his works becomes explicit and their larger social-intellectual context is evident. This paper, while it will occasionally comment on the social setting, will address itself more specifically to documenting the persistence of Thomas' interest in change, and to analyzing the fundamental presuppositions of his theory and concepts.
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