CST10.Sum.DuBois - Classical Sociological Theory, 4e Ritzer...

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Classical Sociological Theory, 4e Ritzer W.E.B. Du Bois Classical Sociological Theory Chapter 10 CHAPTER SUMMARY The Sociology of W. E. B. Du Bois The work of W. E. B. Du Bois (1868–1963) has recently become recognized for its significant contributions to sociological theory. Although Du Bois himself was overwhelmingly concerned with the scientific perspective of “value free” sociological research, later social theorists have found his thoughts on race to offer one of the first instances of the articulation of standpoint theory. This theoretical perspective is anything but value free, because of the self-conscious efforts of the researcher to look at the social world from the vantage point of minority groups. Feminists, multiculturalists, and even postmodernists have come to recognize the importance of the black point of view found in Du Bois’s work. They have also come to appreciate Du Bois for his focus on local knowledge and practices. The Philadelphia Negro This empirical study of race in the city of Philadelphia is largely descriptive and offers little in terms of theory; but it is significant for its analysis of a number of social problems, including
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CST10.Sum.DuBois - Classical Sociological Theory, 4e Ritzer...

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