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01-06-2015 | Social Science and the Public Interest | Issue 3/2015

Society 3/2015

Social Science and the Public Interest

May/June 2015

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In the first few years of my editorship of Society, my venerable predecessor and former Editor-in-Chief, the late Irving Louis Horowitz, gently upbraided me for publishing a book review by a graduate student. “What we want are big or bigger names!” In one sense, he was right, reputation depends on the status of contributors, and I took his admonition that I should be careful in my stewardship of Society’s reputation. I did point out to Irving that his extraordinary compilation of Society authors in the 416-page, special issue (Vol. 35, No.2, Jan/Feb 1998—the issue that preceded my first issue as Editor-in-Chief) contained many authors of the previous 35 years with high reputations in the social sciences. But, I observed, many of them were far less well-known when their contributions first appeared in the pages of Society. ...

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