The search for bridges between theory and practice is related to such terms as sociatrist, institutional psychiatrist, societal technician, and clinical sociologist. The need to inject clinical sociological findings into the work of the public relations counselor, personnel director, management specialist, labor relations consultant, political manager, opinion analyst, and social worker is outlined. Special attention is given to (1) societal and especially middle-class professional cultural obstacles to the development of realistic clinical sociological research, theory, and practice; (2) disciplinary barriers against the clinical approach built into much sociology; and (3) historical trends that now appear to be favoring the formal emergence and recognition of clinical sociology.

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