American Sociological Association

Neil Smelser

Neil J. Smelser

Neil J. Smelser
1930-2017

Neil J. Smelser served as the 88th President of the American Sociological Association. His Presidential Address, entitled "The Rational and the Ambivalent in the Social Sciences," was delivered at the Association's 1997 Annual Meeting in Toronto, and was later published in the February 1998 issue of the American Sociological Review (ASR Vol 63 No 1, pp 1-16). Sociologist Neil Smelser, whose research on collective behavior and economic sociology were rivaled by his tenure as a mentor, teacher, and liaison to a restive University of California-Berkeley student body in the 1960s, died at age 87. Read "A Tribute to Neil SMelser, 88th ASA President" in Footnotes. 

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