“Sorokin in Review”

 

 

 

William T. Liu, ‘Sorokin in Review’ – The Review of Politics 1966

 

 

This seminal article on the Russian American sociologist and social philosopher Pitirim A. Sorokin appeared in The Review of Politics in January 1966. Ostensibly a review of Sorokin’s autobiography, A Long Journey, which had just been published, the article is actually an assessment of Sorokin’s life, career, and oeuvre. It addresses controversies going on at the time which involved a defense of Sorokin being undertaken by renowned sociologists, and in which there was controversy over how theoretical as opposed to empirical sociology should be.

The article is posted above as downloadable PDF file.

 

 

— Roger W. Smith

   September 2017

 

 

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William T. Liu, “Sorokin in Review,” The Review of Politics, 28:1 (January 1966), pp. 99-105.

 

Pitrim A. Sorokin residence

 

 

‘Winchester garden aglow with azaleas’ – Boston Globe

 

 

On May 24, 2017, I traveled by car to Winchester, Massachusetts, where the world famous Russian émigré sociologist and social philosopher Pitirim A. Sorokin, one of my heroes, lived.

Sorokin, his wife Elena P.  Sorokin, and their two sons resided at 8 Cliff Street in Winchester. (Sorokin died in 1968. One of his sons still occupies the same residence.) I was interested not only to see the residence of a world renowned scholar and writer, but also to see the house because it was famous for its grounds: a garden developed and maintained by Sorokin himself, for which he had won awards from horticultural societies and of which he was proud.

I drove up the block, which was on a steep ascent, using GPS to guide me. The GPS system advised me that I had arrived at my destination, 8 Cliff Street, on my left. I saw 6 Cliff Street, but where was number 8? Number 8 was shrouded and hidden by a profusion of flowering bushes. It reminded me of the Forest of Thorns in “Sleeping Beauty.”

 

— Roger W. Smith

 

 

 

 

Pitirim A. Sorokin residence, 8 Cliff St., Winchester, MA. Photographs by Roger W. Smith.

 

 

“Professor Softens in His Hatred of Reds”

 

 

‘Sorokin Softens in Hatred of Reds’ – Chi Tribune 4-3-1949

 

 

Posted here (above) as a downloadable PDF file is an article based on an extremely informative and revealing interview — the article is notable for its accuracy — with Russian American sociologist and social philosopher Pitirim A. Sorokin (1889-1968).

“Professor Softens in His Hatred of Reds,” by Eugene Griffin, Chicago Daily Tribune, April 3, 1949

 

The Chicago Daily Tribune was a conservative newspaper with an anti-Communist slant.

 

 

— Roger W. Smith

    September 2017

 

photographs of Pitirim A. Sorokin and his wife, Elena P. Sorokin

 

 

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my Sorokin books

 

 

my Sorokin books

 

 

The attached Word document (above) contains an inventory of books by and about the Russian-American sociologist and social philosopher Pitirim A. Sorokin (1889-1968) in my personal home library.

 

 

— Roger W. Smith

    July 2020

covers – books by Pitirim A. Sorokin

 

 

 

 

cover - Social and Cultural Dynamics

 

 

 

 

 

covers – books about Pitirim A. Sorokin

 

 

 

 

 

cover - Cowell, 'Values in Human Society'
F. R. Cowell, “Values in Human Society: The Contributions of Pitirim A. Sorokin to Sociology (F. Porter Sargent, 1970)

Pitirim Sorokin, “Lenin the Destroyer”

 

 

Sorokin, ‘Was Lenin a Failure’ – Forum 1924

 

 

Posted here (above) as a downloadable PDF file is an article by the Russian-American sociologist and social philosopher Pitirim A. Sorokin.

The article was written shortly after Sorokin was banished from Russia and exiled by the Bolshevik regime.

Pitirim Sorokin, “Was Lenin a Failure?–A Debate: I–Lenin the Destroyer,” Forum, vol. LXXI, no. 4 (April 1924)

 

 

— Roger W. Smith

   September 2017

 

 

a bitter exchange (Brinton, Sorokin)

 

 

Crane Brinton, ‘Socio-Astrology’

 

‘Historionics’ (Sorkin Reply to Crane Brinton)

 

 

 

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A remarkable exchange between Harvard history professor Crane Brinton and Pitirim A. Sorokin, then chairman of Harvard’s Department of Sociology, occurred in 1937 and 1938 in the pages of The Southern Review, a respected journal. That it appeared in The Southern Review, a literary journal, rather than a journal devoted to history or sociology, is noticeable.

Professor Brinton’s article comprised as an appraisal of the first three volumes of Sorokin’s magnum opus, Social and Cultural Dynamics. It was not a standard review, by any means; it was, in fact an essay-review. It was over twenty pages long. Professor Sorokin’s rejoinder was about ten pages long.

Brinton attacks Sorokin with no holds barred, criticizing everything from the methodology and assumptions underlying the work to what he views as Sorokin’s atrocious prose style. Sorokin, clearly stung by the review, responded with a strenuous defense of his work in which he seemed at times to be on the defensive and in other sections of his rejoinder essay tried to even the score with a vigorous counterattack.

The two articles are posted above as downloadable PDF files.

Crane Brinton, Socio-Astrology, The Southern Review, vol. 3 (fall 1937), pp. 243-266

Pitirim A. Sorokin, “Histrionics,” The Southern Review, vol. 3 (winter 1938), pp. 554-564

 

 

— Roger W. Smith

   August 2017