Dr Bernard Phillips



B.A., Columbia University (1952); M.A., Washington State University (1954); Ph.D., Cornell University (1956)

Academic Positions:

 University of North Carolina School of Public Health (1956-58), Research Assistant Professor

 University of Illinois Dept. of Sociology (1958-61), Assistant Professor

 Boston University Dept. of Sociology (1961-98), Assistant Professor to Professor



Introductory Sociology, Research Methods, Social Change, Social Disorganization, Sociology through Film, Sociological Theory, Social Problems

Research, Consulting, Editing, Publishing

Universitet Skopje (Yugoslavia), Research Associate, summer 1963

Puerto Rico Dept. of Education, Research Consultant, summers 1967, 1968

Japan Center for Area Development, Tokyo, Visiting Scholar, summer 1969

Florida State University, Visiting Professor, summer 1970

Co-Founder of “Sociological Practice” Section of the American Sociological Association, 1975

Co-Founder and Co-Editor of Sociological Practice journal, 1976-77

University of Hawaii, Visiting Professor, summer 1983

Founder and Editor of Book Series for Aldine de Gruyter, 1995-2004:

 Leo d’Anjou, Social Movements and Cultural Change, 1996

Frank Hearn, Moral Order and Social Disorder 1997

Pierre Moessinger, The Paradox of Social Order, 1999

Lawrence Busch, The Eclipse of Morality, 2000

David R. Maines, The Faultline of Consciousness, 2001

James Aho, The Orifice as Sacrificial Site, 2002

Dick Houtman, Class and Politics in Contemporary Social Science, 2003

Founder and Director of the Sociological Imagination Group. Annual Meetings: 2000-2008. Edited Volumes:

 Phillips, Bernard, Harold Kincaid and Thomas J. Scheff (eds.), Toward a Sociological Imagination: Bridging Specialized Fields. Lanham, Maryland: University Press of America, 2002 (Howard S. Becker, David W. Britt, Chanoch Jacobsen, James Carlton Kimberly, Harold Kincaid, Richard Lachmann, David R. Maines, Bernard Phillips, Suzanne M. Retzinger, Thomas J. Scheff)

Phillips, Bernard (ed.). Understanding Terrorism: Building on The Sociological  Imagination. Boulder, Colorado: Paradigm Publishers, 2007 (Bernard Phillips, J. I. Bakker, Adam Rafalovich, Thomas J. Scheff, Jonathan H. Turner, Todd Powell-Williams, Sandro Segre)

Knottnerus, J. David, and Bernard Phillips (eds.), Bureaucratic Culture and Escalating World Problems: Advancing the Sociological Imagination Boulder, Colorado: Paradigm Publishers, 2009 (Bernard Phillips and J. David Knottnerus, Douglas Hartmann, Debbie V. S. Kasper, J. I. Bakker, J. David Knottnerus, Frank W. Elwell, Vince Montes, Thomas J. Scheff, Jason S. Ulsperger and J. David Knottnerus, Arlene Stein, Louis Kontos, Bernard Phillips and Louis Kontos, Bernard Phillips and J. David Knottnerus)

Founder and Editor of Book Series for Paradigm Publishers, 2004-2014:

 Thomas J. Scheff, Goffman Unbound, 2006

Keith Kerr, Postmodern Cowboy, 2008

Jean Van Delinder, Struggles before Brown, 2008

Kenneth A. Gould, David N. Pellow, and Allan Schnaiberg, The Treadmill of Production, 2008

1. David Knottnerus, Ritual as a Missing Link within Sociology, 2009

Books (Other Than Those Edited for the Sociological Imagination Group):

 Social Research: Strategy and Tactics, New York: Macmillan: 1966, 1971, 1979

Translations: German, 1970; Italian, 1972; Portuguese, 1974.

Sociology: Social Structure and Change. New York: Macmillan, 1969.

Worlds of the Future: Exercises in the Sociological Imagination.  Columbus, Ohio: Charles E. Merrill, 1972.

Sociology: From Concepts to Practice. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1979

Translation: Spanish, 1982

Sociological Research Methods: An Introduction. Homewood, Illinois: Dorsey Press, 1985.

Georg Simmel and Contemporary Sociology (Michael Kaern, Bernard Phillips and Robert S. Cohen, eds.). Dordrecht/Boston/London: Kluwer Academic Publishers, 1990.

Beyond Sociology’s Tower of Babel: Reconstructing the Scientific  Method. New York: Aldine de Gruyter, 2001.

The Invisible Crisis of Contemporary Society:  Reconstructing Sociology’s Fundamental Assumptions (with Louis C Johnston).  Boulder, Colorado:  Paradigm Publishers, 2007.

Armageddon or Evolution? The Scientific Method and Escalating World Problems. Boulder, Colorado:  Paradigm Publishers, 2009

Saving Society: Breaking Out of Our Bureaucratic Way of Life (with David Christner). Boulder, Colorado: Paradigm Publishers, 2011.

Revolution in the Social Sciences:  Beyond Control Freaks, Conformity, and Tunnel Vision (with David Christner).  Lanham, Maryland: Lexington Books, 2012.

Manual for Personal Evolution: The Scientific Method in Everyday Life. New Delhi: Sanbun Publishers, 2013.

Personal Evolution through Film: Wizard of Oz, Star Trek, Wild Strawberries, and Wizard of Oz 2. New Delhi: Sanbun Publishers, 2014.

Unlock Your Infinite Potential: Language and the Scientific Method in Everyday Life. New Delhi: Sanbun Publishers, 2014.

Creating Life Before Death: Discover Your Amazing Self (with Thomas J. Savage, Andy Plotkin, Neil S. Weiss, and Max O. Spitzer). Champaign, Illinois: Common Ground Research Networks, 2020.

Dissertations and Key Articles:

 “A Cross-National Study of the Prediction of Attitudes from Social Class,” Unpublished M.A. dissertation, Pullman, Washington: Washington State University, 1953.

“A Role Theory Approach to Predicting Adjustment of the Aged in Two Communities.” Unpublished Ph.D. dissertation. Ithaca, New York: Cornell University, 1956.

“A Role Theory Approach to Adjustment in Old Age,” American Sociological Review  22 (April 1957). 212-217.

“Expected Value Deprivation and Occupational Preference,” Sociometry 27 (June 1964), 151-160.

“Paradigmatic Barriers to System Dynamics,” Proceedings of the International Conference on Cybernetics and Society, October 8-10, 1980, Cambridge, Mass, 682-688.

“Toward a Reflexive Sociology,” The American Sociologist, Summer 1988, 138-151.

“Sociology’s Next Steps?”, Contemporary Sociology, July, 2019 (48, 4), 382-387 (invited essay).

“Sociology’s Next Steps? Fiftieth Anniversary of Gouldner’s Vision and Sixtieth Anniversary of Mills’s Vision, May, 2020 (49, 3), 226-229 (invited essay).

“Looking Backward: 2070-2020,” Unpublished article. Sarasota, Florida, October, 2020.

“Creating Life Before Death With a Vision for Action,” in Jonathan Frauley (ed.), Routledge International Handbook of C. Wright Mills Studies, 2021, 301-312.

“Countering the Threats to Democracy,” Indiana Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences, December, 2021 (2, 12), 64-71.


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