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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 Crime
On crime

Du Bois was one of the first criminologists to reject genetic theories of criminal behavior, favoring instead a sociological approach, emphasizing matters of history, politics, economics, and other related social phenomena. In his appraisal of black crime rates, he documented the lingering results of slavery upon black culture, the pernicious effects of segregation and slums, the daily humiliations of racism, the state's demand for young convict labor, and the grossly unequal systems of justice for whites and blacks. Antedating Jeffrey Reiman's thesis in The Rich Get Richer and the Poor Get Prison (1998) by nearly a century, Du Bois asserted in The Philadelphia Negro (1899) that black criminality must be viewed in its relation to institutional racism and class inequality: “in convictions ...

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