Steven Goldberg

Steven Goldberg is chairman of the sociology department at City College, City University of New York.

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  • July 1996

    Truth and Consequences

    Dead white males did not invent the rules of science; they discovered them. These rules enable science, and science alone, to make successful prediction.

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  • Black Murder
    January 1995

    Black Murder

    Black survival requires that the black majority not be destroyed by a black minority, and it makes no sense for whites to let a sense of guilt—whether justified or not no longer matters—lead them to blame such depradations on an "American tradition of violence" of which there is little evidence. False explanations seldom lead to solutions.

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  • March 1991

    Sociology and Common Sense

    The "Common-Sense Sociology Test" made its first appearance in the mid-1960's. The test is now a familiar fixture in introductory sociology courses and textbooks, but in the beginning its exciting novelty instantly captured the hearts and minds of graduate students and young professors facing their first lecture halls—lecture halls filled with a student skepticism that is now only a memory.

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  • July 1989

    The Fallacy of Descriptivism

    People with more than a passing interest in words fall into two groups: prescriptivist and descriptivist. The prescriptivist believes that there is an ideal of correctness in the use of words, shifting and temporally-based as it ultimately may be.

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  • April 1989

    Defining Life

    The morality of abortion is entirely a matter of definition: is the fetus a person or not? The definition—whether derived from millennia of religious tradition or from individual analysis and subjective choice—both generates and justifies the intense emotions that are given free rein when fact is irrelevant.

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  • December 1988

    Common Sense

    Over in my philosophy department they used to shake their heads and smile. They didn't actually pat me on the head or anything; professors don't do that.

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  • "Decrying Racism"

    In the recent firing of "Jimmy the Greek," CBS explained its action in a "terse statement," decrying racism. (What they meant by this is anyone's guess. I ban the word racism in my introductory sociology class, not because there are no barriers to black advancement but because the word itself is a barrier to the serious thought that is required in any struggle against injustice.)

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  • Why I Am Not 'Conservative'
    July 1987

    Why I Am Not 'Conservative'

    Like most sociologists, I am conservative in the sense that I believe in the existence of barely perceived social mechanisms—mechanisms that satisfy the deep physiological, psychological, and cultural needs.

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  • Politics of Weakness
    June 1987

    Politics of Weakness

    In the 1980's the doctrine of sexual equality is increasingly being misapplied. The current discussion of women's sports provides a graphic illustration. The central premise of the sexual egalitarian is simple: It is unjust to reward or support a woman less than a man, when the woman performs on the same level.

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  • The Truth in Stereotypes
    November 1986

    The Truth in Stereotypes

    The stereotype is in disrepute. The word is often defined in purely negative terms. Some definitions construe the stereotype as necessarily possessing the negative charge that does, indeed, energize many stereotypes.

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