reviews of “Hunger as a Factor in Human Affairs” by Pitirim A. Sorokin


Robert Bierstedt review of ‘Hunger as a Factor’ – Social Forces

Carle C. Zimmerman review of ‘Hunger as a Factor’ – Social Science


In my post about the Russian-American sociologist Pitirim A. Sorokin, at

“Sorokin” («Сорокин»)

I stressed the originality and importance of Sorokin’s book Hunger as a Factor in Human Affairs, which I feel deserves to be better known.

Posted here are two reviews of the book which discuss its merits and the circumstances under which it was written and published:

review of Hunger as a Factor in Human Affairs by Robert Bierstedt, Social Forces, Vol. 55, No. 1 (Sep., 1976), pp. 195-196

review of Hunger as A Factor in Human Affairs by Carle C. Zimmerman, Social Science, Vol. 51, No. 2 (Spring 1976), Pp. 113-114

Robert Bierstedt (1913–1998) was a student of Sorokin’s who became a leading American sociologist. He headed the department of sociology at City College of New York and at New York University before becoming emeritus professor of sociology at the University of Virginia.

Carle C. Zimmerman (1897-1983) was a longtime colleague of Sorokin’s at the University of Minnesota and Harvard University.


— Roger W. Smith

      December 2017