Joseph Gusfield Papers, 1961-2008 (MSS 712)

Extent: 3.2 Linear feet (8 archives boxes)

Papers of Joseph R. Gusfield, professor of sociology and founding chair of the UC San Diego Department of Sociology. The collection includes drafts of published and unpublished writings, a small amount of correspondence and biographical materials, and planning materials for UC San Diego's Third College.

Sociologist Joseph R. Gusfield (1923-2015) was born in Chicago, Illinois. He studied at the University of Chicago, earning his bachelor's (1946), master's (1949), and Ph.D. degrees (1954) in sociology. He taught at the University of Chicago, the University of Illinois, and Hobart and William Smith College before being recruited to found the sociology department at UC San Diego in 1969. Gusfield was involved with the formation of Third College at UC San Diego, serving on its provisional faculty and executive committee. Gusfield also taught in India, Japan, and France, and served as president of the Pacific Sociological Association and the Society for the Study of Social Problems. He was known for his works on alcohol use in society, including Symbolic Crusade: Status Politics and the American Temperance Movement (1963), The Culture of Public Problems: Drinking, Driving and the Social Order (1981), and Contested Meanings: The Construction of Alcohol Problems (1996).

Papers of Joseph R. Gusfield, sociologist and founding chair of the UC San Diego Department of Sociology. The collection includes drafts of published and unpublished writings, a small amount of correspondence and biographical materials, and planning materials for UC San Diego's Third College.


Container List


Scope and Content of Series

Series 1) BIOGRAPHICAL: Correspondence, curriculum vitae, news clippings, interview transcript, and drafts of Gusfield's autobiography, "My Life and Soft Times."

Box 1 Folder 1
Correspondence, 1981-2009
Box 1 Folder 2
Curriculum Vitae, 1988
Box 1 Folder 3
Interview by Abbie Pike - Transcript, undated
Box 1 Folder 4
My Life and Soft Times - Autobiography, 1984-1985
Box 1 Folder 5
News clippings, 1973-1982


Scope and Content of Series

Series 2) SUBJECT FILES: Correspondence and notes regarding Gusfield's 1980 Fulbright Grant to lecture on sociology in India, and his participation with the Society for the Study of Social Problems and the San Diego Summer School of Alcohol Studies at UC San Diego.

Box 1 Folder 6
Fulbright Grant - India, 1980
Box 1 Folder 7
San Diego Summer School of Alcohol Studies (UC San Diego Extension), 1972-1978
Box 1 Folder 8
Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP), 1989


Scope and Content of Series

Series 3) WRITINGS BY GUSFIELD: Drafts, notes, correspondence, and reviews of Gusfield's published and unpublished writings on sociology, alcohol use, drunk driving, and the temperance movement. An autobiography by Gusfield is located in the BIOGRAPHICAL series. Arranged in the following subseries: A) General, B) Reviews, C) Collaborations, D) 2022 Additions.

A) General: Drafts, correspondence, notes and reviews of articles and books by Gusfield, including Symbolic Crusade: Status Politics and the American Temperance Movement (1963), The Culture of Public Problems: Drinking, Driving and the Social Order (1981), and Contested Meanings: The Construction of Alcohol Problems (1996). The series includes lecture notes for classes Gusfield taught in sociology, symbolism, and history. Arranged alphabetically by title.

B) Reviews: Drafts, notes and correspondence for reviews written by Gusfield on published works in sociology. Arranged alphabetically by title.

C) Collaborations: Drafts, notes and correspondence for Gusfield's collaborative articles, particularly on alcohol use and driving. Arranged alphabetically by author.

D) 2022 Additions: Articles, essays, lectures, poems, reviews and introductions by Gusfield.


Box 1 Folder 9
The Academic Milieu: Students and Teachers in India and the United States, 1970
Box 1 Folder 10
Alcohol Problems - An Interactionist View, 1983-1984
Box 1 Folder 11
Benevolent Repression: Popular Culture, Social Structure, and the Control of Drinking, 1984-1988
Box 1 Folder 12
The Bridge Over Separated Lands: Kenneth Burke's Significance for the Study of Social Action, 1990
Box 1 Folder 13
Buddy, Can You Paradigm? The Crisis of Theory in the Welfare State, 1977-1978
Box 1 Folder 14
Categories of Ownership and Responsibility in Social Issues: Alcohol Abuse and Automobile Use, 1975
Box 1 Folder 15
Constructing the Ownership of Social Problems: Fun and Profit in the Welfare Society - Presidential address for the Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP), 1989
Box 1 Folder 16-18
Contested Meanings: The Construction of Alcohol Problems (1996) - Correspondence, permissions, and introduction, 1993-1996
Box 1 Folder 19
The Control of Drinking-Driving in the Unites States: A Period in Transition?, 1987
Box 1 Folder 20
The Crime in Traffic, 1977
Box 2 Folder 1-11
The Culture of Public Problems: Drinking, Driving and the Social Order (1981), 1977 - 1983
Box 3 Folder 1-3
The Culture of Public Problems: Drinking, Driving and the Social Order (1981), 1977 - 1983
Box 3 Folder 4
The Current State of Social Problems Theory, 1983
Box 3 Folder 5
The Decline of a Cultural Elite: Aspects of Faculty Power and Authority, undated
Box 3 Folder 6
Despite Setbacks, India's Story So Far a Net Success, 1984
Box 3 Folder 7
Deviance in the Welfare State: The Alcoholism Profession and the Entitlements of Stigma, 1978
Box 3 Folder 8
The "Double Plot" in Institutions, undated
Box 3 Folder 9
Education and the Changing Indian Elite, undated
Box 3 Folder 10
Egalitarian Politics, Mass Education and the Academic Cultures in India and the United States, undated
Box 3 Folder 11
The Emergence of the Problem-Solving Professions: The Case of the Alcoholism Industry, 1978
Box 3 Folder 12
Foreword to Confronting Drunk Driving: Social Policy for Saving Lives (H. Laurence Ross, 1992), 1991
Box 3 Folder 13
Foreword to Deviance: From Badness to Sickness , 1978-1979
Box 3 Folder 14
Foreword to Yesterday's Young in Today's Traffic: The Safety of Elderly Drivers (J. Peter Rothe, 1990), 1989
Box 3 Folder 15
The "Grass-Roots" Movement Against Drinking-Driving, 1981
Box 3 Folder 16
The Illusion of Authority, 1977-1978
Box 3 Folder 17
Introduction to Bureaucratic Propaganda (David L. Altheide and John M. Johnson, 1979), 1978
Box 3 Folder 18
Japan Lectures: "On the Symbolic Function of Law" and "The Symbolic Order and Legal Control of Alcohol in the United States", 1988

Lecture Notes

Box 3 Folder 19
Dramaturgical Perspective - Sociology 290C, 1982
Box 3 Folder 20
M.K. Gandhi Lecture for Extension Course: Makers of Modern History, 1976
Box 3 Folder 21
Myth and Symbol, 1982-1983
Box 3 Folder 22
Sociology and Culture, Sociology 160, 1992
Box 3 Folder 23
Sociology of Law, Sociology 140, 1987
Box 3 Folder 24
The Literary Rhetoric of Science: Comedy and Pathos in Drinking Driver Research, 1976
Box 3 Folder 25
Mass Society and Extremist Politics, 1962
Box 3 Folder 26
The Modernity of Social Movements: Public Roles and Private Parts, 1979
Box 3 Folder 27
The Nation - Article drafts and correspondence, 1979-1989
Box 4 Folder 1
NSF Report, undated
Box 4 Folder 2
Occupational Roles and Forms of Enterprise, 1961
Box 4 Folder 3
On the Side: Practical Action and Social Constructivism in Social Problems Theory, 1984
Box 4 Folder 4-5
Passage to Play: The Symbolism of Drinking Time in American Society, 1978-1987
Box 4 Folder 6
Political Community and Group Interests in Modern India, 1964
Box 4 Folder 7
The Prevention of Drinking Problems, 1974
Box 4 Folder 8
Prevention: Rise, Decline, and Renaissance, 1980-1985
Box 4 Folder 9
Prohibition: The Impact of Political Utopianism, undated
Box 4 Folder 10-12
Public Problems as Phenomena: The Shape of a Humanistic Social Science, 1983-1986
Box 4 Folder 13
The Romanticization of the Other: On Understanding Alien Cultures, undated
Box 4 Folder 14
San Diego Study 1972, 1968-1977
Box 4 Folder 15
The Scholarly Tension: Graduate Craft and Undergraduate Imagination. General Education in the Social Sciences: Reflection on 40 Years of Social Sciences 2. University of Chicago, 1982 November 12
Box 5 Folder 1-3
Science as a Form of Bureaucratic Discourse: Rhetoric and Style in Formal Organizations, 1982-1985
Box 5 Folder 4
Searching for the Silences: The Rhetorics of Social Research, 1989-1991
Box 5 Folder 5
Social and Cultural Contexts of the Drinking-Driving Event, 1985
Box 5 Folder 6
The Social Construction of Tradition: An Interactionist View of Social Change, 1970-1971
Box 5 Folder 7
The Social Meaning of Meals: Hierarchy and Equality in the American Pot-Luck, undated
Box 5 Folder 8
Social Movements and Social Change: Perspectives of Linearity and Fluidity, 1980
Box 5 Folder 9
The Sociological Reality of America: An Essay on Mass Culture, 1979
Box 5 Folder 10
Sociology and the Humanities Closing the Gap, 1989
Box 5 Folder 11
Sociology's Critical Irony: Countering American Individualism (The Creation and Destruction of Meaning: The Political Significance of Sociology in America), 1987-1990
Box 5 Folder 12
Some Notes Toward a Theory of Culture Shock, 1962
Box 5 Folder 13
The Structural Context of College Drinking, 1961
Box 5 Folder 14
Symbolic Aspects of Societal Risk: Food and Drink as Sources of Danger. International Colloquium on Social Sciences and Societal Risks. Paris, 1986 January 20-22
Box 5 Folder 15-16
Symbolic Crusade: Status Politics and the American Temperance Movement (1963) - Epilogue and reviews, 1964-1985
Box 6 Folder 1-2
Taking the Starch Out of Social Problems (Choosing Sides: The Messages of Social Problems Theory), 1980-1983
Box 6 Folder 3
The Teach-in and Vietnam Policy, 1965
Box 6 Folder 4
The Tension Between Humanism and Science: Sociology in the 1980s, 1979
Box 6 Folder 5
Utopian Myths in Modern Societies, 1972


Box 6 Folder 6
The American University (Talcott Parsons and Gerald M. Platt, 1973), 1973
Box 6 Folder 7
Changing Styles of American Character: The Lonely Crowd Forty Years Later, 1990
Box 6 Folder 8
Communicating Ideas: The Crisis of Publishing in a Post-Industrial Society (Irving Louis Horowitz, 1986), 1986
Box 6 Folder 9
Creating the Past: Seven Books in Search of a Reviewer, 1989-1990
Box 6 Folder 10
Critique of Class and Class Conflict in Industrial Society (Ralf Dahrendorf, 1959), 1965
Box 6 Folder 11
Drinking and Crime (James J. Collins, Jr., 1981), 1982
Box 6 Folder 12
The Ethnographic Imagination: Textual Construction of Reality (Paul Atkinson, 1990), 1991
Box 6 Folder 13
Habits of the Heart: Individualism and Commitment in American Life (Robert N. Bellah, et al., 1985)
Box 6 Folder 14
Money, Morals and Manners (Michele Lamont, 1992), 1991
Box 6 Folder 15
Power, Power, Who's Got the Power? A Review of Floyd Hunter, Community Power Succession: Atlanta's Policy Makers Revisited (1980), 1981
Box 6 Folder 16
Roots of Criminality: Review of Crime and Human Nature (James Q. Wilson and Richard J. Herrnstein, 1985), 1985-1986
Box 6 Folder 17
The Struggle for Auto Safety (Jerry L. Mashaw and David L. Harfst, 1990), 1991
Box 6 Folder 18
Theories and Hobgoblins (Response to Steve Woolgar and Dorothy Pawluch, "Ontological Gerrymandering: The Anatomy of Social Problems Explanations"), 1984-1985


Box 6 Folder 19
Gusfield, Joseph and David Riesman. Academic Standards and "The Two Cultures" in the Context of a New State College, 1966

Gusfield, Joseph R. and Jerzy Michalowicz. Secular Symbolism: Studies on Ritual, Ceremony and the Symbolic Orders in Modern Life

Box 6 Folder 20
Drafts, undated
Box 7 Folder 1-2
Drafts and correspondence, 1981-1984

Gusfield, Joseph R., Joseph Kotarba, and Paul Rasmussen

Box 7 Folder 3
Managing Competence: An Ethnographic Study of Drinking-Driving and the Context of Bars, 1979
Box 7 Folder 4
The Public Society of Intimates: Friends, Wives, Lovers, and Others in the Drinking-Driving Drama, 1979-1980
Box 7 Folder 5
The Social Control of Drinking-Driving: An Ethnographic Study of Bar Settings, 1979
Box 7 Folder 6
Gusfield, Joseph and Michael Schwartz. The Meanings of Occupational Prestige: Reconsideration of the NORC Scale, 1963

2022 Additions

Box 8 Folder 1
Ecology: The New Approach. Review of Paul and Anne Ehrlich, Population, Resources, Environment Issues in Human Ecology , 1970
Box 8 Folder 2
David Riesman, Joseph Gusfield, and Zelda Gamson. Academic Values and Mass Education: The Early Years of Oakland and Monteith - Review, 1970
Box 8 Folder 3
Review of James M. Freeman, Untouchable: An Indian Life History , 1979
Box 8 Folder 4
Knowledge: The Power or the Glory? Review of Burkart Holzner and John Marx, Knowledge Application , 1981
Box 8 Folder 5
Narrativity and Reader Readiness in Two Genres of Sociology: A Literary Study of The American Occupational Structure and Tally's Corner , 1985
Box 8 Folder 6
Nature's Body and the Metaphors of Food, 1986
Box 8 Folder 7
Sports as Story: Form and Content in Agonistic Games, 1990
Box 8 Folder 8
Symbolic Categories of Conflict in Middle Class Movements: Food and Drink. International Sociological Association, Madrid, 1990 July 11
Box 8 Folder 9
Poems: "How to Succeed in Sociology Without Much Trying" and "Ode on the Occasion of the Sixtieth Birthday of Jerome Rothenberg", 1991
Box 8 Folder 10
The Process is the Punishment - Foreword, 1992
Box 8 Folder 11
The Social Symbolism of Smoking and Health, 1992
Box 8 Folder 12
Alcohol in America: The Twisted Frames of Health and Morality. MacArthur Conference on Morality and Health, 1992 June
Box 8 Folder 13
Languages of Health: Social Movements as Interpretations of Reality. Workshop on Culture and Social Movements, UC San Diego, 1992 June 19
Box 8 Folder 14
Review of Jonathan Freedman, From Cradle to Grave: The Human Face of Poverty in America , 1993
Box 8 Folder 15
Nationalism and National Types, 1995 July 20
Box 8 Folder 16
The Anti-Modern Temper: Studies of Discontent with Civilization , 1996
Box 8 Folder 17
Review of Zaheer Baber, The Science of Empire: Scientific Knowledge, Civilization, and Colonial Rule in India , 1996
Box 8 Folder 18
"Conflict of generations" presentation for Society for the Study of Social Problems, New York, 1996 August 16
Box 8 Folder 19
Review of Gregg Lee Carter, The Gun Control Movement (1997), 1999
Box 8 Folder 20
Review of Andrew Barr, Drink: A Social History of America , 1999
Box 8 Folder 21
Review of Robert Deliege, The Untouchables of India (translation by Nora Scott), 1999
Box 8 Folder 22
Primitivist Anthropology: Romantic Ethnography as Cultural Critique, 1999-2000
Box 8 Folder 23
Romantic Primitivism and Discontent with Modern Civilization. ICL lecture, 2003 April 18
Box 8 Folder 24
Truly an American Generation, 2004
Box 8 Folder 25
The Contexts of Social Mobility - Introduction, 2005
Box 8 Folder 26
"Culture Wars" and the Decline of Protestant Domination, 2005
Box 8 Folder 27
A Memoriam for Cesar Grana - Twenty Years Late, 2006 January 16
Box 8 Folder 28
Review of Geneviève Zubrzycki, The Crosses of Auschwitz: Nationalism and Religion in Post-Communist Poland (2006), 2007
Box 8 Folder 29
Reflections of an Aged Sociologist, 2008
Box 8 Folder 30
Gauguin in Tahiti: The Legend of the Artist as Primitive
Box 8 Folder 31
Present Shortly After the Creation: Sociology in the Early Seventies
Box 8 Folder 32
Visions of the Primitive: The Other as Icon


Scope and Content of Series

Series 4) UC SAN DIEGO/THIRD COLLEGE: Two folders of memoranda, proposals, meeting minutes and notes regarding the formation of Third College (now Thurgood Marshall College) and its academic plan. A third folder contains memoranda regarding student protests and Academic Senate debates concerning Department of Defense funding of campus research projects during the Vietnam War.

Box 7 Folder 7-8
Third College/Lumumba-Zapata College, 1968-1970
Box 7 Folder 9
University controversies, 1970 May