A great read starting off this week was Julian Go’s The Case for Scholarly Reparations, a review essay on Aldon Morris’ The Scholar Denied. The main argument—seemingly shared by Morris and Go—is that Du Bois’ Atlanta School began scientific sociology, despite the fact that the standard historical narrative gives that honor to the University of Chicago.
This is the story Morris tells: Du Bois was marginalized partly because Du Bois and his colleagues were right, and mainstream sociology was wrong, and yet mainstream sociology had all the power to define right and wrong in the first place. - Go
Go acknowledges that it’s a startling claim, so I’ll suggest you read the review in full. It’s worth thinking about how this argument pertains to current scholarship. To the extent that LIS is a social science, this sort of history remains crucial for who our received narratives legitimize and who they cast as marginal.
So yes, all social science is parochial. The difference is that some of these standpoints get valorized as universal and others get marginalized as particularistic. Some become heralded as objective and true, others get resisted as subjective or irrelevant. - Go
If you teach scholarly communication, LIS, or other social sciences, wouldn’t this make a rousing conversation starter? Whose claims to insight get treated by scholarly networks as valid, perhaps even universalizable, and whose claims to insight are dismissed or constrained?
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