This book focuses on the lives of five unique, nationally known sociologists who are among the first African American women to receive doctorate degrees in this discipline. The histories of Jacquelyne Johnson Jackson, LaFrancis Rodgers-Rose, Joyce A. Ladner, Doris Wilkinson, and Delores P. Aldridge are accompanied by personal sociologies and detailed descriptions of unique areas of research they have used for social change. In each case, the reader will be able to see the intellectual and academic evolution of the sociologists as they built careers in their discipline. Further, the reader will be able to understand how these sociologists extended the very definition of the sociological enterprise by their movements between academic sociology and non-academic organizations, various social movements, and non-academic employment. Interviews with and analyses of the sociologists' published research are featured alongside their biographical information.
Delores P. Aldridge is the Grace Towns Hamilton Professor of Sociology and African American Studies at Emory University. Professor Aldridge received her Ph.D. from Purdue University. She is a Phi Beta Kappa trained sociologist and clinical social worker, civil rights activist, and is the recipient of more than 100 awards in her field.
Chapter 1 Introduction Part 2 Six Women Scholars in the Framing of Social Theory and Social Change Chapter 3 Jacquelyne Johnson Jackson "New Age Policy Advocate" Chapter 4 La Francis Rodgers-Rose "Myth Buster: The Science of Mass Appeal" Chapter 5 Joyce A. Ladner "Seeing the Glass Half Full and Other Racial Notions" Chapter 6 Doris Wilkinson "Fighting Words: The Creative Intellect as Weapon" Chapter 7 Delores P. Aldridge "The Wisdom of the Humanist Whole" Chapter 8 Vivian V. Gordon "Self Defining as Fundamental" Chapter 9 Common Intellectual Threads of Those Who Dare "Imagine..." Chapter 10 Summary Part 11 Bibliography Part 12 Index