The sociological study of values

Robert Wuthnow

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Fifty years ago, Robin M. Williams Jr. described eight notable changes in U.S. sociology, one of which was the "widespread diffusion of a relatively clear and sophisticated conception of the place of values in sociological study, as an object of research, as a factor in behavior, and as an element to be controlled in the prosecution of research" (Williams, 1958:621). In this essay, I ask what has become of that rising interest in the sociological study of values? I follow three distinct trajectories of sociological research on values, briefly describing the contributions of each, and identifying several lines of inquiry that strike me as particularly important and promising for the future.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)333-343
Number of pages11
JournalSociological Forum
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 2008

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Sociology and Political Science


  • Culture
  • Measurement
  • Robin M. Williams Jr.
  • Values


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