This edited volume highlights the work of ten forgotten and neglected social theorists in the hope of reinvigorating interest in their work and their potential contributions to the analysis of contemporary social issues. Each chapter includes a brief biographical sketch, an overview of the selected theorist's work and significance, and the relevance of their work to one or more contemporary social issues. While other similar texts tend to focus primarily on intellectual biography, our emphasis here is on the scholar's theories and their application to contemporary social issues. We provide a contextualization of each scholar's work, using present-day social issues or problems. Many of these individuals played a significant role in the development of sociology. Our hope is to provide a resource that will help re-integrate these marginalized social theorists, rescuing them from obscurity and elevating their status.
Readers of this book are in for a treat. The authors, distinguished scholars themselves, open windows into the work of figures whose scholarship, overlooked or long neglected, offers surprisingly fresh insight into society today as well as in the past. Some of the scholars profiled here were once famous (Luther Bernard, Pitirim Sorokin, Marianne Weber). Others, like Annie Marion Maclean and Radhakamal Mukerjee, were no less accomplished. All deserve our attention today. Pressures to specialize, and the tides of fashion, can inhibit the wide reading and historical memory modeled by this book. A few hours in the company of the authors presented here will be a welcome reminder of the benefits of such an effort.--David N. Smith, University of Kansas