Burgessland

Prof Carl. L. Bankston III of Tulane University

The sociologist Carl Bankston in the Moral Liberal on the contours of the Burgess landscape:

Burgess saw a dismal future….The delinquency and the behavioral manipulation are two parts of a morally empty society, directed by social workers and psychiatrists, rather than by transcendent values….Humanistic education has disappeared, replaced by intellectually mediocre training in prescribed social attitudes and behavior….It is a world of dreary conformity, managed by a social work bureaucracy. The juvenile delinquents…cultivate whatever bits and pieces of classical learning they can acquire as rebellion against the establishment…Humanistic culture and morality [is] marginal and threatened…’

Prof Bankston’s blog can be viewed here.

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