an interview with Don Martindale

 

Martindale and Mohan, ‘An Interview with Don Martindale’ – International Social Science Review’

 

Posted here as a PDF file:

Perspectives of a Contemporary Critical Realist: An Interview with Don Martindale

By Don Martindale and Raj P. Mohan

International Social Science Review

Vol. 58, No. 3 (summer 1983), pp. 142-154

Don Martindale was a professor of sociology at the University of Minnesota. Raj P. Mohan was a professor of sociology at Auburn University.

Martindale makes personal observations about and comparisons between sociologists such as Sorokin, Talcott Parsons, Robert Merton, and C. Wright Mills which some scholars may find interesting.

 

— posted by Roger W. Smith

     August 2021

Russell Middleton: from his “History of Sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison”

 

Middleton excerpts

 

Posted here as a Word document are fascinating excerpts pertaining to Sorokin from History of Sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison; Volume 1: Challenges, Ups, and Downs, 1874-2016 by Russell Middleton (Madison, Wisconsin: Anthropocene Press, 2001).

 

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email from Russell Middleton to Roger W. Smith

August 22, 2018

 

Dear Mr. Smith:

I am happy to give you my permission to cite and quote from my discussion of the relationship between E. A. Ross and Pitirim Sorokin. Ross strongly disagreed with Sorokin’s view of the Soviet leaders, but he was taken in by Soviet propaganda. Nevertheless, he had great respect for Sorokin as a scholar and played a major role in helping him land a job at the University of Minnesota and later as chair of the Sociology Dept. at Harvard.

When I was a graduate student at Minnesota in 1951 there was a joke circulating among the sociology graduate students that Sorokin had read every book in the library. I almost came to believe it when I was looking for some good French sociology texts to use in practice for my French reading exam (which was required for the PhD then). In the stacks I pulled down some very old issues of L’année Sociologique, the famous French journal of Durkheim, Mauss, etc. I was startled to see that Sorokin was the last (and only) person who had checked out the volume in all the years since Sorokin had taught there.

When I run across people who argue that Lenin was a decent leader, in contrast with Stalin, I tell them to go read Sorokin’s autobiography.

Best wishes,
Russell Middleton
Prof. Emeritus of Sociology
University of Wisconsin-Madison

 

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I wish to thank Professor Middleton for giving me permission to post these excepts from his book.

 

— posted by Roger W. Smith

     August 2021

Mrs. Sorokine on Way to This Country Now

 

 

 

Posted here:

“Mrs. Pitirim Sorokine on Way to This Country Now”

Decatur Herald (Decatur, Illinois)

March 23, 1924

pg. 17

 

 

– posted by Roger W. Smith

     August 2021

another early photograph of Sorokin

 

 

 

published in The Daily Illini (The University of Illinois)

March 12, 1924

 

Sorokin, who arrived in the United States only a few months earlier, was on a lecture tour.

Sorokin interview, California Daily Bruin (1937)

 

‘Sorokin Tells about Students, Professors, Preferences’ – California Daily Bruin 7-2-1937

 

Posted here as a PDF file is the following article:

Sorokin Tells about Students, Professors, Preferences

By Barbara Hirshfeld

California Daily Bruin

July 2, 1937

pp. 1, 4

Sorokin was teaching a summer session course at the University of California at Los Angeles. The interview gives a warm, lighthearted view of Sorkin as person.

 

posted by Roger W. Smith

     August 2021

Sorokin Hits Colleges as “Ph.D. Factories”

 

‘Sorokin Hits Colleges as Ph.D. Factories’ – Boston Sunday Post 1-10-1954

‘Sorokin Hits Colleges as Ph.D. Factories’ – Boston Sunday Post 1-10-1954

 

Posted here both as a PDF file and as a Word document is the following article:

Sorokin Hits Colleges as “Ph.D. Factories”

Boston Sunday Post

January 10, 1954

pp. 33, 42

The article gives perspective on Sorokin’s pedagogical views. The book he mentions being currently at work on was apparently Fads and Foibles in Modern Sociology and Related Sciences.

 

posted by Roger W. Smith

     August 2021

“An Expert’s Opinion of Russia of the Present” (The Michigan Alumnus)

 

‘An Expert’s Opinion of Russia of the Present’ – Michigan Alumnus 5-8-1924

 

‘An Expert’s Opinion of Russia of the Present’ – Michigan Alumnus 5-8-1924

 

Posted here:

An Expert’s Opinion of Russia of the Present

Visiting Russian Professor Grant Interesting Interview to Alumnus

The Michigan Alumnus

May 8, 1924

pp. 884-886

Sorokin in 1924

 

 

 

The Michigan Alumnus

vol. XXX, no. 28

May 8, 1924

pg. 884

Sorokin, “The Passing of Lenin”

 

 

Pitirim Sorokine, ‘The Passing of Lenin’ – Current History, March 1924

 

Pitirim Sorokine, ‘The Passing of Lenin’ – Current History, March 1924

 

 

Pitirim Sorokine

The Passing of Lenin

Current History

March 1924

vol. 19, no. 6

pp. 1012–17

Pitirim Sorokin, “Changes in Russia’s Intelligentsia”

 

Sorokin, ‘Changes in Russia’s Intelligentsia’ – NY Evening Post 12-18-1923

 

Posted here,  above, is my transcription of the following article:

Changes in Russia’s Intelligentsia

Former Idealistic Views Concerning Russian People Profoundly Modified by Revolution

By Pitirim Sorokin

(Translated, with some condensation, by David A. Modell from the Dni,* Russian-language daily in Berlin.)

New York Evening Post

December 18, 1923

pg. 8

 

– posted by Roger W. Smith

     August 2021