Liberation Sociology

Liberation Sociology

by Joe Feagin, Hernan Vera
     
 

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One of the tragedies of any society is the failure of its people and leaders to understand the real social problems confronting them. Over the coming decades the United States is demonstrably on a path of increasing social conflict, accentuated class and racial inequalities, and likely social chaos and collapse. The social and economic contradictions of U.S.

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One of the tragedies of any society is the failure of its people and leaders to understand the real social problems confronting them. Over the coming decades the United States is demonstrably on a path of increasing social conflict, accentuated class and racial inequalities, and likely social chaos and collapse. The social and economic contradictions of U.S. capitalism, racism, sexism, and homophobia are clear to those who will look closely now. Yet, these social oppressions and inequalities are rationalized by leading politicians, media commentators, and intellectuals, often with open attacks on the principles of equality that theoretically underlie U.S. institutions. This state of affairs need not be a cause for extreme pessimism, for progressive change remains possible, as people’s movements have long shown. The United States and the world can become better places, socially and economically, for all people. Change has been brought about by citizen action in the past, and it can be brought about in the future. Joe Feagin and Hernan Vera argue that citizen action can be assisted by what they call "liberation sociology"--a tool to dramatically increase democratic participation in the production and implementation of knowledge and the creation of better human societies. Liberation sociology takes the perspective of those seeking liberation from oppressive conditions--the majority of the world’s people. Its aim is to assist those struggling to eliminate all forms of human oppression. The book offers both a theoretical analysis and case studies of liberation social science as reflected in actual practice and explains that the same sociological methods that are used to defend oppression can be used instead to liberate human beings.

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Feagin and Vera (both: sociology, University of Florida) argue for a sociology that takes the perspective of the oppressed and participates in their struggles for liberation. They provide case studies and a theoretical framework to illustrate the application of social sciences to liberatory efforts. Chapters introduce the concepts of liberation sociology, reassess the vies of the classical theorists, trace the history of American sociology from the 1890s to the 1970s, evaluate contemporary sociological practice, and make suggestions for future practice. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813333236
Publisher:
Westview Press
Publication date:
08/01/1901
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
328
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.73(d)

Meet the Author

Joe R. Feagin Feagin was born in San Angelo, Texas and grew up in Houston, Texas. In 1960 he moved to Boston, Massachusetts to begin graduate work at Harvard University. Completing the Ph.D. degree in 1966, he became an assistant professor at the University of California in Riverside. Four years later, he accepted anassociate professor position at University of Texas, where he taught for twenty years. He served as Scholar-in-Residence at the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights (1974-1975). In 1990 he moved to the University of Florida, where he became the graduate researchprofessor in sociology. Over the years he has done research work on a variety of racism, sexism, and social problems issues. Recent examples of this work can be seen in Racial and Ethnic Relations; Living with Racism: The Black Middle Class Experience; White Racism: The Basics; Double Burden: Black Women and Everyday Racism; The Agony of Education: Black Students at White Colleges and Universities; and The New Urban Paradigm. His earlier book with Harlan Hahn, Ghetto Revolts was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, and Living with Racism and White Racism have won the Gustavus Myers Center's Outstanding Human Rights Book Award. He is now past-president of the American Sociological Association. Hernan Vera is professor of sociology at the University of Florida. An award winning teacher, he has taught sociological theory, marriage and the family, sociology of knowledge and cultural diversity courses. With Joe Feagin he has co-authored White Racism: The Basics, and with Joe Feagin and Nikitah Imani The Agony of Education: Black Students at White Colleges and Universities. He is also the author of Professionalization and Professionalism: The Case of the Catholic Priest. Currently he is completing, with Andrew Gordon a book on Sincere Fictions of the White Self in the American Cinema 1915-2001. Joe R. Feagin Feagin was born in San Angelo, Texas and grew up in Houston, Texas. In 1960 he moved to Boston, Massachusetts to begin graduate work at Harvard University. Completing the Ph.D. degree in 1966, he became an assistant professor at the University of California in Riverside. Four years later, he accepted anassociate professor position at University of Texas, where he taught for twenty years. He served as Scholar-in-Residence at the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights (1974-1975). In 1990 he moved to the University of Florida, where he became the graduate researchprofessor in sociology. Over the years he has done research work on a variety of racism, sexism, and social problems issues. Recent examples of this work can be seen in Racial and Ethnic Relations; Living with Racism: The Black Middle Class Experience; White Racism: The Basics; Double Burden: Black Women and Everyday Racism; The Agony of Education: Black Students at White Colleges and Universities; and The New Urban Paradigm. His earlier book with Harlan Hahn, Ghetto Revolts was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, and Living with Racism and White Racism have won the Gustavus Myers Center's Outstanding Human Rights Book Award. He is now past-president of the American Sociological Association. Hernan Vera is professor of sociology at the University of Florida. An award winning teacher, he has taught sociological theory, marriage and the family, sociology of knowledge and cultural diversity courses. With Joe Feagin he has co-authored White Racism: The Basics, and with Joe Feagin and Nikitah Imani The Agony of Education: Black Students at White Colleges and Universities. He is also the author of Professionalization and Professionalism: The Case of the Catholic Priest. Currently he is completing, with Andrew Gordon a book on Sincere Fictions of the White Self in the American Cinema 1915-2001.

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