Neglected Social Theorists of Color: Deconstructing the Margins provides a novel contribution to the ongoing debates concerning the canon in contemporary sociological theory. In particular, the editors argue that many scholars whose work may hold significant potential for contributions to contemporary debates in social theory go unrecognized. Still others, while not completely ignored, have fallen victim to a cultural and political climate not receptive to their work. Feminist scholars have been in the forefront of these debates, arguing that many insightful social theorists have been marginalized because of their gender. More recently, studies of individual theorists of color have appeared, but these have been limited to African American scholars such as W.E.B. Du Bois. In the present text, the editors extend this approach to include a broad diversity of theorists of color, including those of African American, Afro-Caribbean, Latinx, Asian, Asian American, and Native American backgrounds. In addition, the editors also include the work of authors who come from academic fields outside of sociology and others who are journalists, activists, or independent writers. The work has a unique format, where the authors of each chapter provide a theoretical analysis of their subject and a discussion of the contemporary significance of their work, lending to a rich discussion of underappreciated sociological scholars.
David R. Dickens is professor of sociology at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
C. C. Herbison is faculty emeritus at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington.
Korey Tillman is a PhD candidate in sociology at the University of New Mexico.
List of Figures
Chapter 1. Suzanne Césaire
Chapter 2. Oliver Cromwell Cox
Chapter 3. Vine Deloria, Jr.—Indigenous Iconoclast
Daniel R. Wildcat
Chapter 4. Augustus Granville Dill
Chapter 5. (Re)Emerging from the Shadows: Charles S. Johnson and His Research on the Black Belt
Heather A. O’Connell
Chapter 6. Alfredo Mirandé: Toward the Development of Chicana/o/x Sociology
Robert J. Durán
Chapter 7. Cherríe Moraga
Amanda D. Hernandez and Sonia Valencia
Chapter 8. Krantijyoti Gyanjyoti Savitribai: The Light of Revolution and Knowledge
Rianka Roy and Manisha Desai
Chapter 9. Vijay Prashad: A Biographical and Theoretical Sketch
Moushumi Roy, Tirth Bhatta, Moushumi Biswas
Chapter 10. Psychological Errors and Digital Rumors: Revisiting Two of Shibutani’s Contributions
About the Contributors
"This book introduces ten notable intellectuals who have made powerful contributions to social thought, coming from struggles with colonialism, racism, patriarchy, class, and caste. Their work crosses many genres of writing and many forms of activism. We need to widen the lens in the social sciences, and this valuable collection does exactly that."
This volume is a much-needed contribution to sociological theory. The editors have provided us with profiles of ten social theorists of color. The authors of each chapter bring to life the work of these neglected theorists and reveal their contemporary relevance. Furthermore, the inclusion of more applied sociologists and activists enhances our understanding of social processes and what is defined as theoretical. One especial theme of interest for readers of Symbolic Interaction that weaves throughout is that many of these theorists situate their theory in everyday experience. The book presents a convincing case for each of the theorists to be finally and fully acknowledged within social theory.