By Fred H. Mathews
Robert E. Park used to be a key determine within the improvement of the 'Chicago tuition' which performed a dominant position within the evolution of yankee sociology within the inter-war years. This biographical research bargains intensive with Park's lifestyles ahead of his appointment to the collage of Chicago in 1913, and investigates the private and highbrow affects that shaped the autonomous nature and well-stocked brain he dropped at the educational international. A decade of labor as a newspaper reporter and several other years spent at Tuskegee as author and publicist for Booker T. Washington contributed to shaping what have been to develop into the most foci of his sociological pursuits: the trendy urban and the interplay of its different races and cultures.
Park observed town because the perfect laboratory for learning the results of evolutionary swap on human nature and social association. In either his instructing and his writing his eating curiosity used to be the exam, no longer of associations, yet of such tactics as social interplay, festival, lodging, and assimilation. He introduced a similar standpoint to the examine of race family, and was once a pioneer within the research of ethnic prejudice as a manufactured from intergroup festival instead of of innate crew character.
Park's reverence for the complexity and patience of the strategies he studied prone him to a definite skepticism in regards to the chance of engineered social switch, and this introduced him lower than assault from more youthful students within the Forties. Professor Matthews indicates the following that Park's tough-minded clash conception of social switch, like his tension at the social molding of character, has proved to be of higher prophetic worth than his detractors admit.
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24 By 18 9 9 Simmel had passed on to the development of his own sociology, in which his passion for fine points was given free play. 34 Quest for an American Sociology While in Berlin, Park ‘ran across a little treatise on the logic of the social sciences by a Russian, Kistiakovski’ . 25 Bogdan A. Kistiakovski had been a student of the neo-Kantian philosopher, Wilhelm Windelband. 26 To track down these ideas to their source, Park went to Strassburg to study with Windelband and then in the spring of 19 0 3 followed him to Heidelberg.
Yet the passion to integrate the two sides of his existence - the intellectual and the daily round of a reporter’s world — remained with Park to the end and underlies his restless search for a career which could offer both colorful experience and its integration with theoretical understanding. So, entering his thirties, on the verge of making the break from journalism back towards theoretical reflection on his experiences, Park remained very much a ‘seeker’, a rebel against convention and hypocrisy, contemptuous of most ‘reformers’ because they seemed hypocritical, an ‘affirmer’ of the glory of violence and imperfection, because this affirmation stripped away the mask from genteel pretences.
Lloyd, and George Herbert Mead, who were to become famous along with Dewey in the next two decades as forming the ‘ Chicago school’ of social philosophy and social psychology. 96 Dewey’s socialized ethic was not identical with any variety of socialist orthodoxy, but rather was an effort to realize a ‘psychic democracy’ based upon the extension of consciousness to bring people into closer contact with one another. ‘There is but one fa c t... 97 Ethics must educate the individual as to his proper relation with society, the organism which exists for the ‘fullest realization of individual personality’ .