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G&Ts on the Veranda: An Homage to Franz Boas and a Better Anthropology

Francis Gooding London Review of Books
Boas was an outlier in a field that tolerated if not justified white racial superiority over the world’s “lesser” breeds, He and his intellectual successors— largely women-did what scholars and journalists need to do: listen, ask questions, observe.

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Erich Fromm’s Marxist Sociology Forty Years Later

Kieran Durkin Marxist Sociology Blog
Fromm was famous for this critique of consumer capitalism as well as for his penetrating studies of authoritarianism. He was a significantly influential figure on U.S. radical thought during the second half of the 20th Century.

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Immanuel Wallerstein: An Obituary

Boaventura de Sousa Santos ROAR
Acclaimed Marxist sociologist Immanuel Wallerstein, author of numerous works on capitalism as a world-system, including a sterling four volume study completed in 2011, died on August 31 at the age of 88. A fulsome remembrance appears below.

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The Scholar Denied : W.E.B. Du Bois and the Birth of Modern Sociology

Monica Bell Los Angeles Review of Books
This new book argues that W. E. B. Du Bois was the first of the USA's modern sociologists. Du Bois's empirically-based studies of African Americans at the end of the nineteenth and the beginning of the twentieth centuries are models of sociological research. Aldon Morris details this legacy, which academic Sociology still does not universally acknowledge. In this review, Monica Bell considers the significance of Morris's argument.
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