Response to Lee

Maslow, William D.
May 1982
Humanity & Society;May82, Vol. 6 Issue 2, p184
Academic Journal
This article is the author's response to college teacher Alfred McClung Lee's objection to the characterization of the article "Social Problems in America," published in the May 6, 1982 issue of the journal "Humanity and Society," as one of the more extreme forms of classism in academic sociology. Lee cites passages from the article as typical of the mildest forms of biased accounts, oversimplified and schematized types and the author's presentation as relatively informative and objective, weakened by the lack of elaboration and development necessary for a basically adequate treatment of Marxian thought. The author has felt that Lee has over-personalized his response and lost track of the broader issue of the classist prejudice of academic sociology as some qualifications of the original presentation are in order. The article "Social Problems in America" was written by the author from reports submitted by groups of graduate students who were assigned one of the seven textbook areas covered by the study. The author accepts to take responsibility for any errors contained in the published article based on this study and apologized to Lee.


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