sociological philosophy

Consequences of the Cold War

BY CARL L. BANKSTON III Yesterday, I commented on the new biography of George F. Kennan by John Lewis Gaddis. Kennan interests me because he...

The Fisher Case and the Quality of Debate

BY CARL L. BANKSTON III Affirmative action is an emotional issue, and I should probably not be surprised that some on all sides of the...

Made of Paper: Edward Dahlberg

BY CARL L. BANKSTON III Edward Dahlberg was a difficult character, a perennial misfit and a touchy misanthrope. Born out of wedlock to an itinerant...

The Holiday

CARL BANKSTON III If you ask someone down here in the New Orleans area what holiday we celebrate today, you are likely to be told,...

Uniting America through National Service

BY CARL L. BANKSTON III The “Sunday Review” section of today’s New York Times contains a dialogue on “Uniting America through National Service,”  sparked by...

Getting Back to the Social Order Problem

BY CARL L. BANKSTON III Contemporary academic practitioners of the social sciences give little attention to questions of the nature and maintenance of social order. ...

Made of Paper: Travels in Arabia Deserta

BY CARL L. BANKSTON III For a time in the second half of the 1970s I worked as a bicycle messenger in downtown San Francisco,...

A Call to National Servitude

BY CARL L. BANKSTON III In January 2012, the National Task Force on Civic Learning and National Engagement of the Association of American Universities and...

RIP No Child Left Behind?

BY CARL L. BANKSTON III Today, by executive order President Obama waived the requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act for 10 states, prompting...

The Naming

BY CARL L. BANKSTON III They woke in a wood of leaf overlapped by leaf. Eyes unfocused, they saw all things and none in wakefulness not yet...

Bowling and the Disadvantages of Social Capital

BY CARL L. BANKSTON III Political scientist Robert Putnam is best known of his "Bowling Alone" argument. In a widely publicized article in the Journal...

Strange Incentives in Federal Employment

BY CARL L. BANKSTON III Jordan Weissman has an interesting article in this month's Atlantic Magazine. Drawing on a new Congressional Budget Office study, Weissman...

Preaching the Social Justice Doctrine

BY CARL L. BANKSTON III Above the article entitled “Social Justice Revival: Colleges Embrace Social Justice Curriculum” in today’s Inside Higher Education is a revealing...

Made of Paper: Szasz and Laing

BY CARL L. BANKSTON III In the early 1970s, when I was a college undergraduate, the “anti-psychiatry” movement flourished. The libertarian renegade psychiatrist Thomas Szasz...

Made of Paper: The Republic

BY CARL L. BANKSTON III The one piece of required reading that impressed me most in my first year of college was The Republic of...

They Call it Democracy: Affirming the Civic Engagement Doctrine

BY CARL L. BANKSTON III The education for civic engagement crusade marches on. According to an article (1) in Inside Higher Education, a group of...

Made of Paper: Huxley, Burgess, and Dystopia

BY CARL L. BANKSTON III From high school through college, I read through the works of two British novelists, Aldous Huxley and Anthony Burgess, both...