SOC 1 Lecture 17: Soc_1_-_Intro_to_Sociology_-_17_

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Course
Professor
Jeff Koo
Soc 1
Intro to Sociology
Spring 2019
4 Units
Introduction to The Souls of White Folk
After World War I, Du Bois stepped up his demands for emancipation and his
work acquired a more aggressive tone.
African Americans coming home from battle in Europe were incensed to find
that despite their wartime contributions, they were treated, at best, as second-
class citizens.
First, Du Bois suggests that white privilege, ironically, is invisible to whites.
Du Bois contends that while African Americans have a “double consciousness,”
whites have to racial consciousness at all.
Unbeknownst to whites, African Americans can see what it means to be white
Blacks “clairvoyance” comes from their servile position.
Most important, what blacks see is that whites typically practice the very
opposite of what they preach.
Du Bois condemns whites not only for their hypocrisy, but also for their
delusion.
Du Bois declares white Christianity a miserable failure because the number of
whites who actually practice the democracy and unselfishness of Jesus Christ” is
so small as to be farcical.
Du Bois finds the United States’ call to make the World Safe for Democracy”
ludicrous.
Asks Du Bois, how could America condemn in Germany that which she
commits, just as brutally, within her own borders? (1920/2003:59)
Sociological Theory in the Contemporary Era
Society is a human product. Society is an objective reality. Man is a social
product” (1966:61).
Peter Berger (1929-2017): Biographical Sketch
Berger was a fervent student of religion. He continuously contemplated his own
Christian beliefs and spent a very happy” year at the Lutheran Theological
Seminary in Philadelphia, where he studies to be a minister.
Since 1981, Professor Berger has been a professor of sociology and theology at
Boston University.
Thomas Luckmann (1927-2016): Biographical Sketch
He was educated both in Europe and in the United States, studying at the
Universities of Vienna and Innsbruck and the New School for Social Research.
Taught at a variety of universities throughout the world, including in New York,
Massachusetts, California< Frankfurt, and Constance, Germany.
Intellectual Influence and Core Ideas- Berger and Luckmann
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After world war i, du bois stepped up his demands for emancipation and his work acquired a more aggressive tone. African americans coming home from battle in europe were incensed to find that despite their wartime contributions, they were treated, at best, as second- class citizens. First, du bois suggests that white privilege, ironically, is invisible to whites. Du bois contends that while african americans have a double consciousness, whites have to racial consciousness at all. Unbeknownst to whites, african americans can see what it means to be white. Blacks clairvoyance comes from their servile position. Most important, what blacks see is that whites typically practice the very opposite of what they preach. Du bois condemns whites not only for their hypocrisy, but also for their delusion. Du bois declares white christianity a miserable failure because the number of whites who actually practice the democracy and unselfishness of jesus christ is so small as to be farcical.

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