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Opposed to Epistemic Apartheid bargains an archive-informed and obtainable advent to Du Bois's significant contributions to sociology. during this highbrow history-making quantity a number of award-winning W.E.B. Du Bois pupil Reiland Rabaka deals the 1st book-length remedy of Du Bois's seminal sociological discourse: from Du Bois as inventor of the sociology of race, to Du Bois because the first sociologist of yank faith; from Du Bois as a pioneer of city and rural sociology, to Du Bois as innovator of the sociology of gender and inaugurator of intersectional sociology; and, eventually, from Du Bois as groundbreaking sociologist of schooling and significant criminologist, to Du Bois as dialectical critic of the disciplinary decadence of sociology and the yank academy.
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Extra info for Against Epistemic Apartheid: W.E.B. Du Bois and the Disciplinary Decadence of Sociology
It transverses and transgresses boundaries between traditional disciplines and accents the interconnections and intersections of, for example, philosophy, history, politics, economics, psychology, sociology, anthropology, and the humanities, among other disciplines and/or areas of critical inquiry. Critical theory is contrasted with mainstream, monodisciplinary social theory through its mixed and multidisciplinary methodology and its efforts to develop a comprehensive dialectical theory of domination and liberation specific to the special needs of contemporary society.
E. B. ” It can almost be undeniably asserted that Du Bois has been and remains something akin to European and European American sociology’s quintessential Other, and his sociological “Otherness” has long hinged on the diabolical dialectic of white superiority and black inferiority. 11 With regard to “science,” Du Bois (1898b) sternly stated: “Students must be careful to insist that science as such—be it physics, chemistry, psychology, or sociology—has but one simple aim: the discovery of truth.
The self-image of the West depends on contrasts not only between the rational and the irrational, but also between civilization and the savage or primitive, the advanced or progressive and the backwards, dynamic and static societies, developed and undeveloped, the historical and the natural, and other contrasts through which the European Self has contrasted its Other, and thereby justified its exploitative treatment of various peoples. My point here is that even though there clearly are obvious and large differences between modern sciences and the traditions of seeking systematic knowledge of the natural world to be found in other cultures, it is useful to think of them all as sciences to gain a more objective understanding of the causes of Western successes, the achievements of other sciences, and possible directions for future local and global sciences.
Against Epistemic Apartheid: W.E.B. Du Bois and the Disciplinary Decadence of Sociology by Reiland Rabaka