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Rosenberg, Morris (1922–92)

Elena Fazio and Kim Nguyen


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An American social psychologist, Morris (Manny) Rosenberg was a leading scholar in the study of the self-concept and a significant contributor to the intellectual and scientific advancement of the broader discipline of sociological social psychology. Over the course of his long and prolific career, Manny advanced sociological inquiry theoretically, methodologically, and substantively by critically addressing a host of social psychological issues; pioneering methodological practices with the use of large-scale samples and codifying the logic of survey data analysis; and carrying out an impressive range of research efforts. While his scholarly interests spanned a wide spectrum of sociological concerns, including political ideology and behavior, occupations and values, class stratification, social distance, and mass communication, it would ultimately be his intellectual engagement with self-concept research – particularly the dimension of self-esteem – for which he would become best known. Rosenberg received his masters and doctoral degrees from Columbia University where he studied under the guidance of C. Wright Mills, Paul Lazarsfeld, and Robert K. Merton – eminent sociologists whose careful attention to theoretical and methodological issues would later influence his own work. After graduating in 1953, Rosenberg spent the early part of his career teaching at Cornell and Columbia ... log in or subscribe to read full text

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