W.E.B DuBois is a Theorist!!!!

Who is a theorist, and who gets a say?

DuBois

  • I would most definitely consider W.E.B DuBois to be a social theorist.

Why?

DuBois gives analyses that incorporate the actions of society, he explains the different dimensions of race through the lenses within the time period he experienced it. In his

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W.E.B DuBois

writing The Philadelphia Negro he emphasized the different segregations that plagued society and explained the different typologies associated with the African American race. He emphasized the existence of the color division and its impact. Even though he isn’t categorically the same as the theorists we have explored since the beginning of the semester, he does fit the criteria because explores topics that are relevant to society giving a versatile analysis.

Even though there are arguments against DuBois being considered a social theorists the only way to defend his analyses is to show evidence of his analyses.

“two souls, two thoughts, two unreconciled strivings; two warring ideals in one dark body, whose dogged strength alone keeps it from being torn asunder” (Edles and Appelrouth 351)

This quote is insight into the struggle of race that African Americans faced at the time that DuBois published “From The Souls of Black Folk” Just because DuBois was a part of this struggle, he still wanted to inform rather than come across with a strong opinion. He discusses the “veil”, possessing two separate identities, one that is black folks true self and the other is apersona only taken on around whites, how black folk are supposed to think and act.

DuBois’s initiative  to inform society about race and class, is what makes him a social theorist. By analyzing himself and those like him in order to make the race issue surface through a different lens, making people actually see the way society perceives differences and making necessary insights to the way things should be is what made me consider him an important theorist.

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  4. Dr. M says:

    I like your use of quote from DuBois and your inclusion of specific concepts to help make your case for his contributions to theory.

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