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Hill, Michael R. 1988. “Editor’s Introduction: The Social Construction of a Departmental Heritage.” (Special Issue on the History of Nebraska Sociology). Mid-American Review of Sociology 13 (2): v-viii.
The creation, maintenance, and diffusion of each academic department's corporate identity is a social project. This is as true for departments of sociology as for any other academic organization. Numerous individuals and organizations -- within and outside a particular institute of higher learning -participate in the constructive, reconstructive, and deconstructive processes that shape the content and character of the institutional heritage passed from one generation of scholars in each department of sociology to the next.