Watch Sandra Smith and Dave Harding’s lecture, “Criminal Justice Reform in the Era of Trump,” part of the teach-in seminar series: “What Next? Sociologists Speak on the Future of the World.”
In Evicted, Matthew Desmond demonstrates that the urban poor are not just victims of neglect but targets of persistent exploitation.
As white flight and the flight of capital continued to accelerate, the movement of industrial manufacturing jobs to the suburbs, the Sun Belt, and the Global South decimated working class Black Detroiters.
While many have proposed that hiring more Black officers is an effective way to alleviate longstanding tension between police and African American citizens, this article shows that a shared racial background does not always guarantee positive police perceptions among Ferguson residents and protesters.
Under the leadership of W. E. B. Du Bois, Atlanta became a hub of early American sociology with rigorous empirical studies of black communities. One hundred years later, that history has been pushed to the sidelines.
Du Bois was deeply aware of the capacity of marginalized people to produce new knowledge about oppression and inequality. He is still a beacon for young colored scholars today.
Long before “intersectionality” gave us a language to analyze the interactions of race, class, and gender, W.E.B. Du Bois examined the particular experience and role of black women in American capitalism.
One of W.E.B. Du Bois’ most powerful ideas was also most discomforting to the establishment: A belief in rigorous scholarship that was also engaged in the project of political transformation. It’s a legacy we ought to reclaim.
Race, the history of sociology, and the marginalized man – lessons from Aldon Morris’ book “The Scholar Denied”
If #BlackLivesMatter matters, it will partly be due to its disruptive tactics.
Police violence has never been about the guilt or innocence of just one officer. Now, the spotlight on Ferguson has revealed with a renewed, sharper focus a deep divide in our society and highlighted persistent systemic inequalities.