the career of Oliver C. Cox

George Snedeker snedeker at SPAMconcentric.net
Sun Jun 3 10:50:23 MDT 2001


Mario,

I would be glad to send you my essay, but I need your address.

George
----- Original Message -----
From: Mario Jose de Lima <mjlima at uol.com.br>
To: <marxism at lists.panix.com>
Sent: Sunday, June 03, 2001 12:42 PM
Subject: Re: the career of Oliver C. Cox


> 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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