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The Sociological Souls of Black Folk : Essays by W.E.B. Du Bois

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The Sociological Souls of Black Folk is a collection of sixteen sociological essays published by W.E.B. Du Bois between 1897 and 1902. The first eight essays included in the volume provided the foundation for The Souls of Black Folk, and collectively these sixteen essays showcase the work of one of the pioneering figures in the development of American sociology.show more

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  • Hardback | 260 pages
  • 152.4 x 226.06 x 25.4mm | 566.99g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739150731
  • 9780739150733

About W. E. B. Du Bois

Robert A. Wortham is professor of sociology at North Carolina Central University.show more

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By lifting up out of the scholarly reservoir the essays of Du Bois, Wortham (North Carolina Central Univ.) calls attention to one of the most significant works by one of the most gifted scholars of sociological thought in the modern era. Wortham's contribution raises one major academic question immediately: why has Du Bois not been given the academic accolades of other scholarly giants in the discipline of sociology? Wortham makes the point that The Souls of Black Folk has been mostly viewed as a classic in African American literature, or for scholars studying the African American experience. But it has not been seriously considered a major scholarly contribution within the discipline of sociology. Also, why are not Du Bois's works, especially the essays, a part of the core curriculum within the discipline of sociology, including a focus on Du Bois's research methodology and conceptual and analytical skills as demonstrated in the essays? Wortham's presentation, including the reconstructed essays, makes one of the most significant contributions to the modern era of sociological thought. And he raises a most significant question: where is Du Bois's place among the discipline's scholarly giants, such as Tonnies, Weber, Parson, and Durkheim? Summing Up: Essential. All academic levels/libraries. CHOICE From now on, no one can deny the sociological nature of DuBois work. Professor Wortham has forced the hands of sociologists by bringing back the eight original sociological essays-and other eight contextual pieces-upon which The Souls of Black Folk was based. And his astute "Introduction" makes readers appreciate DuBois's pioneering work in several sociological fields and his use of various methodologies. Bravo for a job well-done! -- Eduardo Bonilla-Silva, Duke University; author of Racism Without Racists The study proves that we still have much to learn from Du Bois. Wortham's imaginative book is the first to examine key sociological issues in eight essays, the sociological core, of The Souls of Black Folk, supplemented by eight additional sociological essays which Du Bois published during the same period. The sixteen essays, together with Wortham's incisive and lucid commentary, complete an excellent addition to the growing Du Bois literature. Although sociologists are not noted for their eloquent exposition, this book is a rare exception. -- Dan Green, co-editor of On Sociology and the Black Community This book offers us positive proof that Du Bois's contributions to the origins and evolution of American sociology extend far beyond The Philadelphia Negro and urban sociology. Perhaps the most stunning feature of The Sociological Souls of Black Folk is the often-overlooked fact that Du Bois's sociological discourse may very well prove to be the epitome of what makes American sociology thoroughly 'American'-that is to say, his unrepentant emphasis on race, gender, class, and culture within the context of the United States. Robert Wortham should be openly applauded, because here he reprints another classic Du Bois collection that will undoubtedly make a major contribution to those bold souls who sincerely seek to understand the real roots of American sociology. -- Reiland Rabakashow more

Table of contents

Chapter 1 The Sociological Souls of Black Folk: Editor's Introduction Part 2 Part I: The Sociological Souls of Black Folk Chapter 3 Chapter 1. Strivings of the Negro People Chapter 4 Chapter 2. A Negro Schoolmaster in the New South Chapter 5 Chapter 3. The Religion of the American Negro Chapter 6 Chapter 4. The Freedman's Bureau Chapter 7 Chapter 5. The Negro as He Really Is Chapter 8 Chapter 6. The Evolution of Negro Leadership Chapter 9 Chapter 7. The Relation of the Negroes to the Whites in the South Chapter 10 Chapter 8. The Training of Black Men Part 11 Part II: Contextual Sociological Essays: 1897-1900 Chapter 12 Chapter 9. The Negro in Business: The Results of the Investigation Chapter 13 Chapter 10. The Negro and Crime Chapter 14 Chapter 11. The American Negro in Paris Chapter 15 Chapter 12. The Conservation of the Races Chapter 16 Chapter 13.Careers Open to College-Bred Negroes Chapter 17 Chapter 14. The Problem of Amusement Chapter 18 Chapter 15. The Negro in the Black Belt: Some Social Sketches Chapter 19 Chapter 16. The Georgia Negro: A Social Study - Editor's Reconstructionshow more