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Orlando Patterson

Orlando Patterson (born 5 June 1940) is a Jamaican-born American historical and cultural sociologist known for his work regarding issues of race in the United States, as well as the sociology of development. His book Freedom, Volume One, or Freedom in the Making of Western Culture (1991), won the U.S. National Book Award for Nonfiction.[1]

Contents

  • Early life and education 1
  • Career 2
  • Professional associations 3
  • Awards 4
  • Selected bibliography 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7

Early life and education

Patterson was born in Westmoreland, Jamaica, and grew up in Clarendon Parish in the small town of May Pen. He attended primary school there, then moved to Kingston to attend Kingston College. He went on to earn a BSc in Economics from the University of the West Indies, Mona, in 1962, and his Ph.D. in Sociology at the London School of Economics in 1965.[2]

Career

Earlier in his career, Patterson was concerned with the economic and political development of his home country, Jamaica. He served as special advisor to Michael Manley, Prime Minister of Jamaica, from 1972 to 1979.

Patterson is known for his work on the relationship between slavery and Social death, which he has worked on extensively and written several books about.

Patterson has appeared on PBS and has been a guest columnist in The New York Times. A recent article in the latter, "The Real Problem With America’s Inner Cities," used the lens of developmental sociology to analyze recent protests and looting in West Baltimore.[3]

Patterson currently holds the John Cowles chair in Sociology at Harvard University.

In October 2015 he received the Gold Musgrave Medal in recognition of his contribution to literature.[4]

Professional associations

Awards

Selected bibliography

  • The Children of Sisyphus (novel). 1965.
  • An Absence of Ruins (novel). 1967.
  • The Sociology of Slavery. 1967.
  • An Analysis of the Origins, Development and Structure of Negro Slave Society in Jamaica. 1968.
  • Die the Long Day (novel). 1972.
  • Ethnic Chauvinism: The Reactionary Impulse. 1977.
  • Slavery and Social Death. 1982. 
  • Freedom in the Making of Western Culture. 1991.  Later renamed Freedom, Vol. 1: Freedom in the Making of Western Culture — winner of National Book Award[1]
  • Rituals of Blood: Consequences of Slavery in Two American Centuries. 1999. 
  • Freedom: Freedom in the Modern World. 2006. 
  • The Cultural Matrix: Understanding Black Youth (with Ethan Fosse). 2015.

References

  1. ^ a b c "National Book Awards – 1991". National Book Foundation. Retrieved 2012-03-24.
  2. ^ Author information at Peepal Tree Press.
  3. ^ Patterson, Orlando (May 9, 2015). "The Real Problem in America's Inner Cities". New York Times. 
  4. ^ "Gold for Sly and Robbie", Jamaica Gleaner, 30 October 2015. Retrieved 1 November 2015

External links

  • Patterson Biography at Harvard
  • Patterson's Curriculum Vitae
  • Video of debate/discussion with Patterson on Bloggingheads.tv
  • Appearances on C-SPAN
    • , April 12, 1992.Freedom in the Making of Western Culture interview with Patterson on Booknotes



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