It is with gratitude that we feature Sean P. Hier, who is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Victoria in Canada, for his contribution to the Oliver Cromwell Cox encyclopedic entry in November 2004. His current research is focused on surveillance, social problems and racism in Canada.
Cromwell Cox (b. 24 August 1901, Port-of-Spain,
immigrated to the
The reputation Cox acquired with the publication of Caste, Class and Race left him on the margins of American scholarship. Few social scientists are aware that Cox wrote a trilogy on world capitalism in the 1950s and 1960s that predates the institutionalization of the world-system perspective. Indeed, Immanuel Wallerstein, the canonized “founder” of world-system theory, proclaimed: “Oliver Cox expounded in the 1950s and 1960s virtually all the basic ideas of world-system analysis. He is a founding father…” (Wallerstein 2000:174). The sophistication of Cox’s scholarship continues to inspire generations of social researchers, and the significance of his scholarly impact remains to be fully explicated.
See also Hunter and Abraham (1987) and Hier (2001).
H. M. and S.Y. Abraham. 1987. Race, Class, and the World System.
Hier, Sean P. 2001. “The Forgotten Architect: Cox, Wallerstein, and World-System Theory.” Race and Class, 42, 3, Pp. 69-86.
Immanuel. 2000. “Oliver C. Cox as World-System Analyst.” Pp. 173-183 in The
Sociology of Oliver C. Cox: New Perspectives.
Edited by Herbert M. Hunter.