Ernest Burgess

American sociologist

Ernest Watson Burgess (May 16, 1886 – December 27, 1966) was a Canadian-American urban sociologist born in Tilbury, Ontario. He was educated at Kingfisher College in Oklahoma and continued graduate studies in sociology at the University of Chicago. In 1916, he returned to the University of Chicago, as a faculty member. Burgess was hired as an urban sociologist at the University of Chicago. Burgess also served as the 24th President of the American Sociological Association (ASA).

Quotes about Ernest BurgessEdit

  • Robert E. Park and Ernest Burgess, two of the influential urban sociologists from the famed "Chicago School," wrote in their book Introduction to the Science of Sociology:
The temperament of the Negro as I conceive it consists in a few elementary but distinctive characteristics, determined by physical organizations and transmitted biologically. These characteristics manifest themselves in a genial, sunny, and social disposition, in an interest in and attachment to external, physical things rather than to subjective states and objects of introspection, in a disposition for expression rather than enterprise and action.
It is interesting to note that Park and Burgess still maintain highly respectable positions in the history of American sociology, despite their theory of genetic determinism in Blacks.

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