Since the 1960s, radical sociology has had far more influence on mainstream sociology than many observers imagine. This book pairs seminal articles with new reflective essays written by the founders of progressive sociology, including Fred Block, Edna Bonacich, Samuel Bowles, Herbert Gintis, Val Burris, G. William Domhoff, Richard Flacks, Harvey Molotch, Goran Therborn, and Erik Olin Wright. The book highlights the wider impact of radical sociology and shows how the work of these and other writers has continued to influence sociology's continuing interest in capitalism, class, race, gender, power, and progressive social change. It also describes future directions for a critical sociology relevant to a multicultural and global world.
Introduction : Legacies of The Insurgent Sociologist Rhonda F. Levine PART I: Conceptualizing Sociology for Radicals The Trajectory of a Radical Sociology: Reflections Richard Flacks Towards a Socialist Sociology: Some Proposals for Work in the Coming Period Richard Flacks PART II: Power and Class The Ruling Class Thirty Years Later Goran Therborn What Does the Ruling Class Do When It Rules? Some Reflections on Different Approaches to the Study of Power in Society Goran Therborn State and Class in Ruling Class America (1974): Reflections, Corrections, and New Directions G. William Domhoff State and Ruling Class in Corporate America G. William Domhoff Spilling Out (Again) Harvey Molotch Accidents, Scandals, and Routines: Resources for Insurgent Methodology Harvey Molotch and Marilyn Lester PART III: Class and Inequality Comments on "The Long Shadow" Samuel Bowles and Herbert Gintis The Long Shadow of Work: Education, the Family, and the Reproduction of the Social Division of Labor Samuel Bowles, Herbert Gintis, and Peter Mayer The Future of Class Analysis: Reflections on "Class Structure and Political Ideology" Val Burris Class Structure and Political Ideology Val Burris Reflections on "The Feminization of Poverty: Myth or Reality" Martha Gimenez The Feminization of Poverty: Myth or Reality? Martha Gimenez PART IV: Race and Gender Comments on "Class Approaches to Ethnicity and Race" Edna Bonacich Class Approaches to Ethnicity and Race Edna Bonacich Reflections on "Constructing a Theory of Capitalist Patriarchy and Socialist Feminism" Zillah Eisenstein Constructing a Theory of Capitalist Patriarchy and Socialist Feminism Zillah Eisenstein PART V: Capitalism and the World Economy Introductory Comments to "Alternative Perspectives in Marxist Theory of Accumulation and Crisis Erik Olin Wright Alternative Perspectives in Marxist Theory of Accumulation and Crisis Erik Olin Wright Introduction to "Contradictions of Capitalism as a World System Fred Block Contradictions of Capitalism as a World System Fred Block PART VI: The Future for a Critical Sociology The Critical Turn to Public Sociology Michael Burawoy About the Contributors