My Most Influential Contemporary theorists.

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When I think of sociology in this modern age I reflect on the theorists and the theories that helped establish it, I think of my favorites William Edward Burghardt Du Bois or W.E.B. DuBois and Talcott Parsons. I believe these theorists were essential in their contributions to this discipline and were a driving force in the progress of sociology. Throughout this paper I will give a biography of the theorists, their theories and critiques that I found.
William Edward Burghardt Du Bois or W.E.B. DuBois was born Feb. 23, 1868 in Great Barrington, MA which was also where he grew up. DuBois was an American civil rights activist leader, Pan-Africanist, sociologist, writer, and scholar. Dubois received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Fisk University in Nashville, TN, then attended Harvard University and became the first African American to receive a PhD in 1895. In his first work the “The Philadelphia Negro: A Social Study” he introduced his famous concepts, the "Talented Tenth," to describe the elite group of leaders in the black community, later he narrowed this group to the "Guiding Hundredth" and urged them to lead a Marxian economic revolution in an effort to improve the status of blacks in America. He also believed that the "problem of the twentieth century was the problem of the color line." So when that line no longer confined society’s ideals then not only will African Americans but also whites will prosper together. All of his efforts were geared toward gaining equal and fair treatment for black people debunking and presenting evidence to refute the myths of racial inferiority in a time where whites dominated. I have no real critique of his theory except of the fact that DuBois called on blacks to organize and unite around their...

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