I came across this article, randomly, but it had to do with our discussion in class the other day about American Sociology and Marx. I thought I would share it for your interest, or possibly as a resource for your final group projects.

Historical Origins of Ideological Denial

Patrick J. Gurney Richmond, Virginia

The American Sociologist 1981, Vol. 16 (August): 196-201

This paper focuses its attention upon the relationship between the dominant ideas in American sociology and the receptivity, opposition, or indifference to the ideas of Karl Marx. It documents that early American sociology basically ignored Marx s ideas. When his ideas were addressed, the modal response was overwhelmingly negative, and typically along ideological lines. A classificatory scheme is developed to identify the ideological nature of the treatment of Karl Marx in early American sociology. In effect, Marx was defined as beyond the limits ofvalid inquiry.