Engaging ideas, transforming minds
Engaging ideas, transforming minds

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Canadian Scholars’ Press
272 pages
5.5 x 8.5 inches
February 2005
Print ISBN: 9781551302553


Taking Social Research to the Larger World is the remarkable story of Professor Edward Harvey's twin-track career as a university professor and consultant specializing in social policy issues - a forty-year journey that blossomed with the dynamic Trudeau era and the search for "The Just Society."

With its richly detailed accounts of early life at Princeton, royal commissions, government task forces, and private sector assignments, this book will be a compelling read for anyone interested in policy, organizational change, equality issues, and the recent history of Canada's sometimes fragile confederation.

Dr. Harvey's journey is impeccably written and tremendously engaging. The author's abilities as a storyteller are finely tuned. Although biographical, this book is, in large part, a history of Canada too. The author has skilfully woven his life together with Canada's recent past, leading us through the strong post-war economic growth and the demographic explosion that came to be known as the baby boom, and on to the resulting dramatic social policy developments. Details of behind-the-scenes events and conversations add humour and realism to the "characters" in his account.

Table of Contents

Foreword by David R. Peterson
Chapter 1: Introduction

Part I: Preparatory Experiences
Chapter 2: Starting University and Discovering Europe
Chapter 3: Establishing the Foundations for Doctoral Studies
Chapter 4: Princeton
Chapter 5: Becoming a University Professor

Part II: A Career
Chapter 6: Establishing the Path: Tenure, Promotion, and Consulting
Chapter 7: Travelling the Path: Managing the Journey
Chapter 8: Consulting to Royal Commissions and Task Forces
Chapter 9: Consulting to Governments and the Broader Public Sector
Chapter 10: Consulting to the Private Sector

Part III: Summation
Chapter 11: Taking Social Research to the Larger World

Appendix A: Papers, Monographs, and Books of Edward B. Harvey
Appendix B: Selected Speeches and Public Presentations of Edward B. Harvey
Appendix C: Selected Consulting Reports of Urban Dimensions Group, Inc. (Projects Led by Edward B. Harvey)

List of Photographs and Drawings

Edward Harvey

Dr. Edward B. Harvey is one of Canada's leading social scientists. He holds B.A. and M.A. degrees from the University of British Columbia and a Ph.D. from Princeton. Most of his academic career has been with the University of Toronto.

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