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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 Race Relations
On race relations

“In all walks of life,” wrote Du Bois in 1899, “the Negro is liable to meet some objection to his presence or some discourteous treatment.” For Du Bois, the most widespread, significant, and costly fissure between human beings was that of the color line. “The problem of the twentieth century is the problem of the color-line,” he declared in The Souls of Black Folk (1903), and he explored the consequences of that color line in nearly everything he wrote. While Du Bois acknowledged that physical differences between people are vague and inexact, and that racial groups generally reflect sociocultural designations rather than strict genetic amalgamations, he simultaneously understood that the reality of racism could not be ignored. Deconstructing race does ...

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