George H. Conklin,
N.C. State University
John W.M. Russell,
Austin W. Ashe,
is abstracted in
and a member
of the EBSCO
Volume 7, Number 1
W.E.B. Du Bois
Special Section Editor
Outline of Articles
Du Bois and Demography: Early Explorations
by Robert A. Wortham
Du Bois' contributions to demographic
research in sociology, although at least 15 years earlier than the recognized
work by Thompson, has been unacknowledged, even as it broke new ground
in documenting the demographic patterns of African Americans in Philadelphia.
His contributions are recounted here, along with a plea that Du Bois be
recognized as a trail blazer in the field of social demography.
Bois and the Sociology of the African American Family
by Mindy M. Saari
W. E. B. Du Bois took an empirical,
scientific approach in his attempt to document African American family
life at the turn of the twentieth century, and he consistently argued that
inequality was grounded in social structures that could be changed. As
a social scientist, he worked to promote change by empirically documenting
the "Negro Problems" and addressing the African American community's continued
limited access to accepted social norms regarding family life.
Berlin Years: The Influence of German Thought and Experience on the Development
of Du Bois' Sociology
by Stacey Weger
Despite being historically well
received for his many contributions to literature, civil rights, and political
advocacy, W.E.B. Du Bois' contributions to the development of scientific
sociology have been understated. It is evident that the teachings
of several key faculty at the University of Berlin, in particular, those
of Gustav Schmoller and Max Weber, played a significant role in forming
Du Bois' attitudes towards social research and reform, and in laying out
a blueprint for his future practices in the field. The influence
of Du Bois' education in Europe is explored as is his contribution to the
theoretical basis of sociology as a discipline.
Triangulation and the Social Studies of Charles Booth, Jane Addams, and
W.E.B. Du Bois
by Shannon O'Connor
Du Bois' study was funded by the
University of Pennsylvania and was closely tied to the "Settlement Movement."
The goal of the study was to understand the causes of the social problems
of African Americans residing in the seventh ward. Du Bois gathered
data and generated empirical findings that he felt would expose the oppressive
nature of treatment toward African Americans. It was his hope that
these findings would provide a basis for social improvement.
Impact of Occupational Status on Household Chore Hours among Dual Earner
by Megumi Omori and Danielle Taana Smith
Previous studies on the who does
what about routine chores in the household have tended to neglect the occupational
structure and its influence on the amount of time spent on housework.
Using NSFH data, it is found that married couples' household chore hours
vary by their occupational status: couples in higher status occupations
spend significantly fewer hours on household chores as compared
to their counterparts in lower status occupations.
Television, Convergence, and the Public: Another Digital Divide?
by Jason Smith
While 85 percent of Americans pay
to receive television signals through satellite or cable companies, 15
percent still receive their television using over-the-air signals.
With the eliminination of analog television signals, the 15 percent of households
have had to make significant changes in their viewing technology.
These households tend to be elderly, poor, minority and rural. Signal
coverage areas will be cut back in practice, since government assumed a viewer would
have an antenna on a 30 foot pole. Few do, and governmental programs
delibertely hid this engineering fact. It is argued that digitalism
has neglected the public use of the airways and created yet one more digital
Book Review of For Durkheim, by Edward A. Tiryakian, ISBN: 978-0-7546-7155-8
by George H. Conklin
In 17 chapters, Edward A. Tiryakian
provides the reader with an exhaustive analysis of the sociology of Emile
Durkheim and his influence on the discipline today. Presenting a
lifetime of scholarship about Durkheim, the book For Durkheim pulls
together for the first time in one place the author's detailed analysis
of many aspects of Durkheim's scholarship which have been influential over
the past 100 years. Several of the chapters are available for the
first time in English. This book is useful for any advanced
undergraduate student and essential and required for graduate students,
and will serve as the basis for many additional professional articles on
the role of theory in modern sociology.
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