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Always Look for the Antonym

This interview by Robert Birnbaum was published in Identity Theory on March 16, 2012. Robert Birnbaum: Historian and publisher of the renascent Baffler magazine, John H. Summershas not exactly taken a direct route to heading a publication whose significance he compares to Dwight Macdonald’s mid-century journal, Politics. Growing up in rural Pennsylvania, he ended up …

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Another Born Anarchist

This interview by Scott McLemee was published in Inside Higher Ed on April 15, 2009. Scott McLemee: Fifty years ago next month, C. Wright Mills published The Sociological Imagination, a classic critique of the field that includes, as an appendix, “On Intellectual Craftsmanship.” The essay is part profession of faith and part practical handbook—full of …

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