On Folkways and Mores: William Graham Sumner Then and Now (Paperback)
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William Graham Sumner is remembered primarily as an opponent of government intervention in social and economic issues. Focusing on Folkways (1906), this book examines Sumner's fundamental work as a comparative ethnographer with an appreciation for the rules and rituals that regulate everyday behavior.

In Folkways, Sumner developed classifications and an array of sociological concepts that continue to influence the discipline today. This new book presents key excerpts from Folkways as well as three of Sumner's other classic essays. It also includes five original essays by contemporary authorities that explain and explore Sumner's importance and influence. By linking Sumner's work to contemporary research about social control, the sociology of law, and sociological theory, these new essays confirm his status as a foundational thinker in the field.

Sumner offers an elegant conceptual schema with which to analyze the moral codes of in- and out-groups. His extensive use of comparative anthropological data demonstrates a qualitative methodology that can easily be applied to the analysis of contemporary American society. This volume includes contributions by Jonathan B. Imber, Howard G. Schneiderman, and A. Javier Trevino.

Publisher: Taylor & Francis Inc
ISBN: 9781412853002
Number of pages: 254
Weight: 318 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 15 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

Review on Folkways "[R]anks as one of the most influential works in American Sociology."

--A. B., Anthropos

Review on Folkways "This comprehensive study of the 'folkways' and 'mores, ' of the customs and conventions of primitive and civilized peoples in various states of culture and disciplines, is of interest for social anthropologists. . . . [T]his highly controversial and provocative book . . . deserves the critical attention of those who are concerned with the social implications of human behavior comprehended in the term 'folkways.'"

--E. O. James, Man

Review on Folkways "No mere epitome can do justice to the clearness, vigor, and . . . convincing force with which Professor Sumner through six hundred generous pages, drives home his theory of the origin, changes, and determining influence of the mores. . . . The literary style is forceful and idiomatic. The sentences are brief, incisive, and emphatic. . . . The general reader can follow Professor Sumner's argument and description without difficulty and get a vivid picture of the unconscious, underlying forces of human society."

--George E. Vincent, American Journal of Sociology

Review on Folkways "Professor Sumner has rendered a service to sociology in calling attention to the importance of the study of what he terms mores. . . . Under a mass of detail the leading idea if maintained throughout the book. . . . [A]lthough the reader may not always agree with him, he will find Professor Sumner suggestive and stimulating."

--C. H. Hawes, The Journal of Philosophy, Psychology and Scientific Methods

Review on Folkways "The best comment that has been made recently on Sumner's Folkways is the remark of William Lyon Phelps. . . . 'Folkways, ' he says, 'is a book that never was a best-seller and has never stopped selling.' That is probably the best rule-of-thumb index one is likely to find to determine whether any book, in its special field, deserves to be described as a classic. If one asks what is the source of this perennial interest which laymen and professional students alike find in this book, it is perhaps the fact that Sumner did not seek to give his readers a 'system' but a survey--a wide and intimate survey of everything that is or has been characteristically human and social in all the wide variety of institutions and institutional relations in which human beings are now or ever have anywhere lived. . . . [N]o one in his day and ours has pursued knowledge more indefatigably than Sumner. No one was more a scholar and less a pedant."

--Robert E. Park, American Sociological Review

Review on Folkways "While the theory of culture presented by Sumner has been greatly refined by modern anthropological and sociological theorists, Folkways does represent a work of amazing insight for its time. This is not a book to sit down with and read cover to cover, but it is a valuable reference work which should be in every scholar's library."

--Lowell D. Holmes, Western Folklore

Review on Folkways "This book, in both its plan and presentation, reflects the vigorous and unique personality and the power of original thought of its author."

--The American Journal of Psychology

Review on Folkways "The book is decidedly thought-provoking. The discussion will not fail to make an impression. . . . Professor Sumner is not so much seeking to establish a theory as to explain certain human institutions. Because of the frank and honest character of the study it is to be highly commended."

--Carl Kelsey, The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science

Review on Folkways "[T]he question may well be raised whether Folkways is not itself the most fruitful sociological book that has appeared . . . and whether it is not likely to give a new impetus to sociological study."

--Ulysses G. Weatherly, The Economic Bulletin

Review on Folkways "The most successful work of research that American sociology has produced."

--Charles Horton Cooley


"This is a welcome edition which establishes the continuing relevance of William Graham Sumner as a sociological thinker. There is still a lot to learn from Sumner (as aptly demonstrated by Manning, TreviNo, Imber, and Schneiderman), and his writings collected here crackle with insights about the human condition."

--James Chriss, Cleveland State University

"Manning's volume gives us Sumner for the twenty-first century. This superb collection presents key original texts with astute commentaries that connect Sumner's thinking about the customary bases of human action to contemporary sociological concerns. On Folkways and Mores rehabilitates Sumner's sociology and offers fresh valuations of its contribution."

--Greg Smith, University of Salford

Review on Folkways "[R]anks as one of the most influential works in American Sociology."

--A. B., Anthropos

Review on Folkways "This comprehensive study of the 'folkways' and 'mores, ' of the customs and conventions of primitive and civilized peoples in various states of culture and disciplines, is of interest for social anthropologists. . . . [T]his highly controversial and provocative book . . . deserves the critical attention of those who are concerned with the social implications of human behavior comprehended in the term 'folkways.'"

--E. O. James, Man

Review on Folkways "No mere epitome can do justice to the clearness, vigor, and . . . convincing force with which Professor Sumner through six hundred generous pages, drives home his theory of the origin, changes, and determining influence of the mores. . . . The literary style is forceful and idiomatic. The sentences are brief, incisive, and emphatic. . . . The general reader can follow Professor Sumner's argument and description without difficulty and get a vivid picture of the unconscious, underlying forces of human society."

--George E. Vincent, American Journal of Sociology

Review on Folkways "Professor Sumner has rendered a service to sociology in calling attention to the importance of the study of what he terms mores. . . . Under a mass of detail the leading idea if maintained throughout the book. . . . [A]lthough the reader may not always agree with him, he will find Professor Sumner suggestive and stimulating."

--C. H. Hawes, The Journal of Philosophy, Psychology and Scientific Methods

Review on Folkways "The best comment that has been made recently on Sumner's Folkways is the remark of William Lyon Phelps. . . . 'Folkways, ' he says, 'is a book that never was a best-seller and has never stopped selling.' That is probably the best rule-of-thumb index one is likely to find to determine whether any book, in its special field, deserves to be described as a classic. If one asks what is the source of this perennial interest which laymen and professional students alike find in this book, it is perhaps the fact that Sumner did not seek to give his readers a 'system' but a survey--a wide and intimate survey of everything that is or has been characteristically human and social in all the wide variety of institutions and institutional relations in which human beings are now or ever have anywhere lived. . . . [N]o one in his day and ours has pursued knowledge more indefatigably than Sumner. No one was more a scholar and less a pedant."

--Robert E. Park, American Sociological Review

Review on Folkways "While the theory of culture presented by Sumner has been greatly refined by modern anthropological and sociological theorists, Folkways does represent a work of amazing insight for its time. This is not a book to sit down with and read cover to cover, but it is a valuable reference work which should be in every scholar's library."

--Lowell D. Holmes, Western Folklore

Review on Folkways "This book, in both its plan and presentation, reflects the vigorous and unique personality and the power of original thought of its author."

--The American Journal of Psychology

Review on Folkways "The book is decidedly thought-provoking. The discussion will not fail to make an impression. . . . Professor Sumner is not so much seeking to establish a theory as to explain certain human institutions. Because of the frank and honest character of the study it is to be highly commended."

--Carl Kelsey, The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science

Review on Folkways "[T]he question may well be raised whether Folkways is not itself the most fruitful sociological book that has appeared . . . and whether it is not likely to give a new impetus to sociological study."

--Ulysses G. Weatherly, The Economic Bulletin

Review on Folkways "The most successful work of research that American sociology has produced."

--Charles Horton Cooley


"This is a welcome edition which establishes the continuing relevance of William Graham Sumner as a sociological thinker. There is still a lot to learn from Sumner (as aptly demonstrated by Manning, TreviNo, Imber, and Schneiderman), and his writings collected here crackle with insights about the human condition."

--James Chriss, Cleveland State University

"Manning's volume gives us Sumner for the twenty-first century. This superb collection presents key original texts with astute commentaries that connect Sumner's thinking about the customary bases of human action to contemporary sociological concerns. On Folkways and Mores rehabilitates Sumner's sociology and offers fresh valuations of its contribution."

--Greg Smith, University of Salford

Review on Folkways "[R]anks as one of the most influential works in American Sociology."

--A. B., Anthropos

Review on Folkways "This comprehensive study of the 'folkways' and 'mores, ' of the customs and conventions of primitive and civilized peoples in various states of culture and disciplines, is of interest for social anthropologists. . . . [T]his highly controversial and provocative book . . . deserves the critical attention of those who are concerned with the social implications of human behavior comprehended in the term 'folkways.'"

--E. O. James, Man

Review on Folkways "No mere epitome can do justice to the clearness, vigor, and . . . convincing force with which Professor Sumner through six hundred generous pages, drives home his theory of the origin, changes, and determining influence of the mores. . . . The literary style is forceful and idiomatic. The sentences are brief, incisive, and emphatic. . . . The general reader can follow Professor Sumner's argument and description without difficulty and get a vivid picture of the unconscious, underlying forces of human society."

--George E. Vincent, American Journal of Sociology

Review on Folkways "Professor Sumner has rendered a service to sociology in calling attention to the importance of the study of what he terms mores. . . . Under a mass of detail the leading idea if maintained throughout the book. . . . [A]lthough the reader may not always agree with him, he will find Professor Sumner suggestive and stimulating."

--C. H. Hawes, The Journal of Philosophy, Psychology and Scientific Methods

Review on Folkways "The best comment that has been made recently on Sumner's Folkways is the remark of William Lyon Phelps. . . . 'Folkways, ' he says, 'is a book that never was a best-seller and has never stopped selling.' That is probably the best rule-of-thumb index one is likely to find to determine whether any book, in its special field, deserves to be described as a classic. If one asks what is the source of this perennial interest which laymen and professional students alike find in this book, it is perhaps the fact that Sumner did not seek to give his readers a 'system' but a survey--a wide and intimate survey of everything that is or has been characteristically human and social in all the wide variety of institutions and institutional relations in which human beings are now or ever have anywhere lived. . . . [N]o one in his day and ours has pursued knowledge more indefatigably than Sumner. No one was more a scholar and less a pedant."

--Robert E. Park, American Sociological Review

Review on Folkways "While the theory of culture presented by Sumner has been greatly refined by modern anthropological and sociological theorists, Folkways does represent a work of amazing insight for its time. This is not a book to sit down with and read cover to cover, but it is a valuable reference work which should be in every scholar's library."

--Lowell D. Holmes, Western Folklore

Review on Folkways "This book, in both its plan and presentation, reflects the vigorous and unique personality and the power of original thought of its author."

--The American Journal of Psychology

Review on Folkways "The book is decidedly thought-provoking. The discussion will not fail to make an impression. . . . Professor Sumner is not so much seeking to establish a theory as to explain certain human institutions. Because of the frank and honest character of the study it is to be highly commended."

--Carl Kelsey, The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science

Review on Folkways "[T]he question may well be raised whether Folkways is not itself the most fruitful sociological book that has appeared . . . and whether it is not likely to give a new impetus to sociological study."

--Ulysses G. Weatherly, The Economic Bulletin

Review on Folkways "The most successful work of research that American sociology has produced."

--Charles Horton Cooley


-This is a welcome edition which establishes the continuing relevance of William Graham Sumner as a sociological thinker. There is still a lot to learn from Sumner (as aptly demonstrated by Manning, TreviNo, Imber, and Schneiderman), and his writings collected here crackle with insights about the human condition.-

--James Chriss, Cleveland State University

-Manning's volume gives us Sumner for the twenty-first century. This superb collection presents key original texts with astute commentaries that connect Sumner's thinking about the customary bases of human action to contemporary sociological concerns. On Folkways and Mores rehabilitates Sumner's sociology and offers fresh valuations of its contribution.-

--Greg Smith, University of Salford

Review on Folkways -[R]anks as one of the most influential works in American Sociology.-

--A. B., Anthropos

Review on Folkways -This comprehensive study of the 'folkways' and 'mores, ' of the customs and conventions of primitive and civilized peoples in various states of culture and disciplines, is of interest for social anthropologists. . . . [T]his highly controversial and provocative book . . . deserves the critical attention of those who are concerned with the social implications of human behavior comprehended in the term 'folkways.'-

--E. O. James, Man

Review on Folkways -No mere epitome can do justice to the clearness, vigor, and . . . convincing force with which Professor Sumner through six hundred generous pages, drives home his theory of the origin, changes, and determining influence of the mores. . . . The literary style is forceful and idiomatic. The sentences are brief, incisive, and emphatic. . . . The general reader can follow Professor Sumner's argument and description without difficulty and get a vivid picture of the unconscious, underlying forces of human society.-

--George E. Vincent, American Journal of Sociology

Review on Folkways -Professor Sumner has rendered a service to sociology in calling attention to the importance of the study of what he terms mores. . . . Under a mass of detail the leading idea if maintained throughout the book. . . . [A]lthough the reader may not always agree with him, he will find Professor Sumner suggestive and stimulating.-

--C. H. Hawes, The Journal of Philosophy, Psychology and Scientific Methods

Review on Folkways -The best comment that has been made recently on Sumner's Folkways is the remark of William Lyon Phelps. . . . 'Folkways, ' he says, 'is a book that never was a best-seller and has never stopped selling.' That is probably the best rule-of-thumb index one is likely to find to determine whether any book, in its special field, deserves to be described as a classic. If one asks what is the source of this perennial interest which laymen and professional students alike find in this book, it is perhaps the fact that Sumner did not seek to give his readers a 'system' but a survey--a wide and intimate survey of everything that is or has been characteristically human and social in all the wide variety of institutions and institutional relations in which human beings are now or ever have anywhere lived. . . . [N]o one in his day and ours has pursued knowledge more indefatigably than Sumner. No one was more a scholar and less a pedant.-

--Robert E. Park, American Sociological Review

Review on Folkways -While the theory of culture presented by Sumner has been greatly refined by modern anthropological and sociological theorists, Folkways does represent a work of amazing insight for its time. This is not a book to sit down with and read cover to cover, but it is a valuable reference work which should be in every scholar's library.-

--Lowell D. Holmes, Western Folklore

Review on Folkways -This book, in both its plan and presentation, reflects the vigorous and unique personality and the power of original thought of its author.-

--The American Journal of Psychology

Review on Folkways -The book is decidedly thought-provoking. The discussion will not fail to make an impression. . . . Professor Sumner is not so much seeking to establish a theory as to explain certain human institutions. Because of the frank and honest character of the study it is to be highly commended.-

--Carl Kelsey, The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science

Review on Folkways -[T]he question may well be raised whether Folkways is not itself the most fruitful sociological book that has appeared . . . and whether it is not likely to give a new impetus to sociological study.-

--Ulysses G. Weatherly, The Economic Bulletin

Review on Folkways -The most successful work of research that American sociology has produced.-

--Charles Horton Cooley

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