Confronting the American Dilemma of Race: The Second Generation of Black American Sociologists / Edition 1

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Confronting the American Dilemma of Race consists of twelve articles written by six authors about the second generation African American sociologists who embarked on their sociological careers between 1930 and 1950 when American society was embedded in a racial caste system. From the perspective of the sociology of knowledge, these articles, through examining the life experiences and works of these African American sociologists, reveal important insights into the impact of racial segregation on the development of both black sociology and the sociology of race relations.

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Editorial Reviews

CHOICE - M.J. O'Brien
The editors' insightful commitment to interdisciplinary research effectively answers the purposeful neglect of the famine through academic, artistic, and pedagogical correctives....this collection provides an engaging appraisal of the full legacy of the famine. Summing Up: RECOMMENDED. Upper-division undergraduates and above.
Trained between 1930 and 1950, the second generation of black sociologists embraced an assimilations theoretical perspective, yet maintained a distinctive worldview, argue Washington (sociology, Bryn Mawr College) and Cunnigen (sociology, U. of Rhode Island). They present six profiles of some lesser-known sociologists alongside four theoretical papers assessing the social role of the second-generation black sociologists. The editor argues that the acceptance of white liberalism by black sociologists has been a failure and that a genuine black sociology, rooted in the experience of black people, needs to take its place and be communicated broadly to the wider black community. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
The editors' insightful commitment to interdisciplinary research effectively answers the purposeful neglect of the famine through academic, artistic, and pedagogical correctives....this collection provides an engaging appraisal of the full legacy of the famine. Summing Up: RECOMMENDED. Upper-division undergraduates and above.
— M.J. O'Brien, Franciscan University of Steubenville
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761822905
  • Publisher: University Press of America
  • Publication date: 8/15/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 406
  • Product dimensions: 5.26 (w) x 8.54 (h) x 1.18 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert E. Washington is Professor, Bryn Mawr College. Donald Cunnigen is Associate Professor, Department of Sociology-Anthropology, University of Rhode Island.

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Table of Contents

Listing of Figures
Introduction: Second Generation Black Sociologists Discover a "Place" in American Sociology
Pt. 1 Conflicting Conceptions of the Turf: Theoretical Debates about the Social Role of Black Sociologists 1
Ch. 1 The Contributions of Blacks to Sociological Knowledge: A Problem of Theory and Role to 1950 3
Ch. 2 On Reconsidering Park, Johnson, DuBois, Frazier, and Reid: Reply to Benjamin Bowser's "The Contributions of Blacks to Sociological Knowledge" 21
Ch. 3 Classical Black Sociologists and Social Theory: Anatomy of a Controversy 49
Ch. 4 The Negro Problem and the Character of the Black Community: Charles Johnson, E. Franklin Frazier, and the Constitution of a Black Sociological Tradition, 1920-1935 71
Ch. 5 The Idea of Black Sociology: Its Cultural and Political Significance 109
Pt. 2 Outside the Spotlight: Case Studies of Lesser Known Black Sociological Careers 123
Ch. 6 Studies of the African Diaspora: The Work and Reflections of St. Clair Drake 127
Ch. 7 Retrospective on St. Clair Drake 159
Ch. 8 Horace Cayton: Reflections on an Unfulfilled Sociological Career 175
Ch. 9 Walter R. Chivers: An Advocate of Situation Sociology 201
Ch. 10 Using Pragmatist Sociology for Praxis: The Career of Charles H. Parrish 213
Ch. 11 Daniel C. Thompson and Butler A. Jones: A Comparison of Interdisciplinary Approaches to Sociology 233
Pt. 3 Conclusion: An Overview on the Black Intellectual Encounter with Sociology 329
Ch. 12 Sociology by Blacks versus Black Sociology: Revisioning Black American Social Reality 331
Notes on the Contributors
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