The Columbia social essay

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The hegemony of the United States in the world, New York in the United States, and Columbia University in New York provided for a triple hegemony in intellectual life for a number of intellectuals/professors, whose primary format was the social essay. Open in content, critical in tone, diffusely left or progressive in orientation, the Columbia social essayists (Lionel Trilling, Daniel Bell, Meyer Schapiro, Richard Hofstadter, C. Wright Mills) provided the dominant discourse on moral and intellectual issues during the height of postwar American hegemony in the world system.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1159-1169+1049
JournalAmerican Behavioral Scientist
Issue number7
StatePublished - Mar 1 2002
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Cultural Studies
  • Education
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Social Sciences(all)


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