the career of Oliver C. Cox

Mario Jose de Lima mjlima at uol.com.br
Sun Jun 3 10:42:37 MDT 2001


To: George Snedeker

I would like to receive a copy from its assay.
Gracias

Mário

----- Original Message -----
From: "George Snedeker" <snedeker at concentric.net>
To: <marxism at lists.panix.com>
Sent: Sunday, June 03, 2001 1:14 PM
Subject: the career of Oliver C. Cox


> Louis mentioned that Oliver Cox was African-American. he was born in
> Trinidad in 1901 and died in Detroit  in 1974. in 1919 he came to the
United
> States to further his education, first attending the YMCA High School in
> Chicago and then going on to North Western University and the University
of
> Chicago. in the late 20s, he was stricken with Polio. after his recovery,
he
> changed his career goals from law to  sociology. like the other important
> Black sociologists of his day, he was educated at a white university, but
> went on to teach at Black colleges. this was also the fate of Frazier,
> Johnson and Du Bois. Cox seems to have viewed his disability as a
> contingency to be dealt with, not as a subject for social or political
> analysis. he never wrote a word about the situation of the disabled in
> society.
>
> after retiring from Lincoln University, where he seems to have been
treated
> well, he was given an appointment at Wayne State University as a
> distinguished professor of sociology. this was the only integrated college
> he ever taught at.
>
> Cox was the only important Black sociologist of the period who had no
> interest in participating in Gunner Myrdal's American Dilemma study of
> racism. He  objected to Myrdal's Idealist approach to the study of racism
> and set about developing his own Materialist analysis which he published
in
> CASTE, CLASS AND RACE in 1948.
>
> Race seems to have marginalized Cox more than either his disability or his
> radicalism. he did receive fewer rewards and honors in the academic world
> than either E. Franklin Frazier or Charles Johnson. His work did not
receive
> much general attention until Monthly Review Press republished CASTE, CLASS
> AND RACE in 1959.
>
> I have an essay on Cox called "CAPITALISM, RACISM AND THE STRUGGLE FOR
> DEMOCRACY" WHICH I COULD SEND IF ANYONE IS INTERESTED. My essay focuses on
> his analysis of capitalism and racism, not his work on world system
theory.
> it was published in THE SOCIOLOGY OF OLIVER C. COX, Herbert M. Hunter ed.,
> JAI Press, 2000. in the same book there is an essay by Wallerstein which
> discusses Cox's importance for his own work in world system theory.
>
>




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