Robert E. Park
American sociologist (1864-1944)
Robert Ezra Park (February 14, 1864 – February 7, 1944) was an American urban sociologist who is considered to be one of the most influential figures in early U.S. sociology.
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Quotes about Robert E. ParkEdit
- 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.
- Joyce A. Ladner, The Death of White Sociology, Introduction