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The Ashgate Research Companion to Black Sociology

1st Edition

By Earl Wright II, Edward V. Wallace


328 pages

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The Ashgate Research Companion to Black Sociology provides the most up to date exploration and analysis of research focused on Blacks in America. Beginning with an examination of the project of Black Sociology, it offers studies of recent events, including the ‘Stand Your Ground’ killing of Trayvon Martin, the impact of Hurricane Katrina on emerging adults, and efforts to change voting requirements that overwhelmingly affect Blacks, whilst engaging with questions of sexuality and family life, incarceration, health, educational outcomes and racial wage disparities.

Inspired by W.E.B. Du Bois’s charge of engaging in objective research that has a positive impact on society, and organised around the themes of Social Inequities, Blacks and Education, Blacks and Health and Future Directions, this timely volume brings together the latest interdisciplinary research to offer a broad overview of the issues currently faced by Blacks in United States.

A timely, significant research guide that informs readers on the social, economic and physical condition of Blacks in America, and proposes directions for important future research. The Ashgate Research Companion will appeal to policy makers and scholars of Africana Studies, Sociology, Cultural Studies, Anthropology and Politics, with interests in questions of race and ethnicity, gender and sexuality, social inequalities, health and education.


As we deepen into the 21st century, there is abundant evidence that Black Sociology is the original American sociology, despite the dominant narratives of the discipline. The contents of Wright II and Wallace’s Ashgate Research Companion to Black Sociology show that not only has Black Sociology continued since its late 19th century beginnings, but, that it is thriving and continuously pushing a rigorous and impactful sociology across every substantive area of the discipline.’ David L. Brunsma, Virginia Tech, USA

‘In this necessary and expansive volume, Earl Wright II and Edward V. Wallace build upon the great work and legacy of W.E.B. Du Bois. Drawing on Du Bois’s sociological scholarship and agenda as the leader of the Atlanta Sociological Laboratory, this impressive book successfully brings together a wonderful array of scholars to deepen our understanding and appreciation for Black Sociology.’ Marcus Anthony Hunter, UCLA, USA and author of Black Citymakers: How the Philadelphia Negro Changed Urban America

The Ashgate Research Companion to Black Sociology is a must-read for anyone teaching introductory sociology, race relations or any related subject. The editors have done a wonderful job of finding young creative scholars to cover contemporary topics such as parental incarceration and its effects on children, stand-your-ground laws, and the effects of job stratification on the working class to name a few. The clustering of the topics along with the origins of Black or Du Boisian Sociology is extremely relevant to the societal changes currently taking place around the world.’ Obie Clayton, Clark Atlanta University, USA

About the Authors

Earl Wright II is Professor of Africana Studies at the University of Cincinnati, USA, and co-editor of Re-Positioning Race: Prophetic Research in a Post-Racial Obama Age.

Edward V. Wallace is Associate Professor of Africana Studies at the University of Cincinnati, USA.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / Hispanic American Studies