Gomes, Ralph C.
February 1984
Humanity & Society;Feb84, Vol. 8 Issue 1, p18
Academic Journal
The paper explores the dynamics of race and class from a materialist perspective. It criticizes idealist perspectives on race and class relations in the U.S. and shows their limitations. By doing so, the idealists accomplish three tasks. They describe only the manifestations of the race problem and offer only artificial remedies. They are guilty of what sociologist C. Wright Mills called "abstract empiricism" which means race relations analyzed outside the socio-economic context of which they are part and they artificially isolate sociology from history. The paper also presents a materialist perspective, which is able to identify the historical and material determinants of race and class relations and offers a more scientific solution to the problem. This discussion briefly presents two dominant contending world views, idealism and materialism, which offers some general criteria for evaluating any social theory, examines various bourgeois formulations that have passed in one way or the other for scientific theory and explains the pitfalls of bourgeois theories of race relations.


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