An overview and critical appraisal of the work of influential sociologist and public intellectual William Julius Wilson.
Race, Class, and the Postindustrial City thoroughly explores the scholarship of William Julius Wilson, one of the nation's leading sociologists and public intellectuals, and the controversies surrounding his work. In addressing the connection between postindustrial cities and changing race relations, the author, who is not related to William Julius Wilson, shows how Wilson has synthesized competing theories of race relations, urban sociology, and public policy into a refocused liberal analysis of postindustrial America. Combining intellectual biography, the sociology of knowledge, and theoretical analyses of sociological debates relevant to African Americans, this book provides both appraisal and critique, ultimately assessing Wilson's contribution to the sociological canon.
Frank Harold Wilson is Associate Professor of Sociology and Urban Studies at the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee.
"…Frank Harold Wilson has taken on the entirety of intellectual and public life of Bill Wilson … This is quite an undertaking … a somewhat bold endeavor that is to be commended. " — Ethnic and Racial Studies
"The very existence of a book on William Julius Wilson is unexpected, as there is rarely a work on a living scholar. Yet, it is clear that such a book is needed: Wilson is the central figure in the area of race and has dominated the dialogue on race for nearly two decades. This is a must-read. " — Hayward Derrick Horton, coeditor of Skin Deep: How Race and Complexion Matter in the "Color-Blind" Era