• Summary
  • Contents
  • Subject index

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 Education
On education

When Du Bois first ventured into the South to attend college at Fisk University, he spent two summer breaks teaching elementary school in small black communities in rural Tennessee, an experience of which he eloquently wrote in The Souls of Black Folk (1903). Ever since his experience in those Tennessee hills, he thought and wrote extensively about the nature of education. One of his many public disagreements with Booker T. Washington concerned the of education of black people: Should they be predominantly trained in vocational skills or exposed to broader educational cultivation? Du Bois favored the latter, as he wrote in Chapter 5 of The Souls of Black Folk: “The function of the university is not simply to teach breadwinning … it ...

  • Loading...
locked icon

Sign in to access this content

Get a 30 day FREE TRIAL

  • Watch videos from a variety of sources bringing classroom topics to life
  • Read modern, diverse business cases
  • Explore hundreds of books and reference titles