James Samuel Coleman

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James Samuel Coleman (May 12, 1926, Bedford, Indiana – March 25, 1995, Chicago) was an American sociologist.


  • Industrial society has made of high school a social system of adolescents...set apart, in an institution of their own.
    • The Adolescent Society (1961), p. 337. New York: Free Press.
  • It is not so much that he was an American sociologist... as it was that he determined what American sociology would be... What made Paul unique was not his involvement with ideas or his involvement with people, but his ability to stir the two together.
    • James Samuel Coleman; as cited in: Wilbur Schramm, The Beginnings of Communication Study in America: A Personal Memoir 1998, p. 63; About Paul Lazarsfeld.

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