Instructor Joseph Rush
December 5, 2011
The Sociology of W. E. B. Du Bois
Established in the 1800s, Sociology is a rather new science that has its roots in Europe. As a study of group behavior through the use of scientific investigation and research (Vissing, 2011), it has undergone several changes through the years since its inception in Europe. Sociology looked at things such as how society as a whole shapes and influences individual behavior, and their interaction socially. However, as social problems surfaced among people with different backgrounds and cultures, new scientific methods and philosophical approaches was needed to interpreted the world and view the facts objectively and scientifically. In America, injustice and discrimination were common place in the late 1800s to mid 1900s. And many Sociologists, like ordinary people, viewed the world around them from a person point of view. What was socially acceptable to some was not to all folks, such as W. E. B. Du Bois. William Edward Burghardt Du Bois was deeply devoted, backed up by his academic prowess a fighter against injustice and a defender of freedom for all. As a leader in the field of Sociology, he was a pioneer in service learning, policy and public sociology and the utilization of methodological triangulation (Sims, 1990). As someone who faced social problems head on, contemporaries labeled him a radical or pot stirrer; and hope his contributions to the field of sociology would be ignored. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr once wrote, "history cannot ignore W.E.B. Du Bois because history has to reflect truth and Dr. Du Bois was a tireless explorer and a gifted discoverer of social truths. His singular greatness lay in his quest for truth about his own people. There were very few scholars who concerned themselves with honest study of the black man and he sought to fill this immense void. The degree to which he succeeded disclosed the great...