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Chapter 1 Key People and Their Contributions

August Comteproposed the use of positivism
Herbert Spencercoined the phrase "the survival of the fittest"
Karl Marxbelieved the key to human history was class struggle
C. Wright Millsencouraged the use of the sociological perspective
Emile Durkheimstressed how individual behavior is shaped by social factors
Harriet Martineaupublished Society in America and translated Comte's work into English
Mario Brajuharefused to turn over notes on his research on restaurant work
W.E.B. Du Boiswas an early African American sociologist
Max Weberbelieved religion was central force in social change
Rik Scarceimprisoned by 159 days on contempt charges
Robert K. Mertonused the terms functions and dysfunctions
Laud Humphreyshis research reflected questionable ethics

Social Science Instructor
Metropolitan Community College

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