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Karl Marx, Max Weber, and Emile Durkheim are widely recognized as the trinity of sociological theory. While these three sociologists were trailblazing social theorists who enhanced the study of human behavior and its relationship to social institutions, other, more contemporary scholars were just as innovative — one of those scholars being W. E. B. Du Bois.

W. E. B. Du Bois was a political and literary giant of the 20th century, publishing over twenty books and thousand of essays and articles throughout his life. In The Social Theory of W. E. B. Du Bois, editor Phil Zuckerman assembles Du Bois's work from a wide variety of sources, including articles Du Bois published in newspapers, speeches he delivered, selections from well-known classics such as The Souls of ...

On the Meaning of Race
On the meaning of race

“Race” is one of those concepts that almost everyone takes for granted as being clear and simple. But race is neither; comparative historical analysis and sociological insight reveal that race is actually a contested and nebulous construct. While in an early essay “The Conservation of Races” (1897) Du Bois declared that “human beings are divided into races” and that this division is related to “common blood,” he simultaneously asserted that a scientific definition of race is impossible because race is never limited to—indeed, it clearly transcends—the mere physical. His scholarship on the meaning of race would continue in this latter vein, arguing against essentialist, biological race differences. In Dusk of Dawn (1940) he emphasized “social heritage” ...

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