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The Lost Black ScholarResurrecting Allison Davis in American Social Thought$
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David A. Varel

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780226534886

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226534916.001.0001

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Critiquing Middle-Class Culture

Critiquing Middle-Class Culture

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(p.151) Chapter 7 Critiquing Middle-Class Culture
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The Lost Black Scholar
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David A. Varel

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226534916.003.0008

The seventh chapter examines Davis’s work as part of the Department of Education at the University of Chicago in the 1940s. It explains the productive interdisciplinary research he conducted alongside Ralph Tyler, Robert Havighurst, Lloyd Warner, and many others as part of Chicago’s Committee on Human Development and other organizations. In this period, Davis developed his most significant social thought, which drew from his culture-and-personality orientation to posit class as a type of culture, or learning environment. While most American theorists had turned away from class analyses, Davis continued to explore the deep-seated class divisions within the United States, particularly as they characterized the family, the workplace, and the school. In many ways, his analyses and accomplishments matched those of prominent black sociologist E. Franklin Frazier. In addition to publishing many articles in esteemed journals, Davis released Father of the Man (1947), which explained to a public audience the implications of class divisions for the rearing of children. His work related to the intercultural education movement had the most enduring impact.

Keywords:   University of Chicago, Ralph Tyler, Robert Havighurst, Lloyd Warner, Committee on Human Development, class, culture, E. Franklin Frazier, Father of the Man, intercultural education

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