Department of  Sociology & Anthropology

Yale Magrass

Chancellor Professor

Email: ymagrass@umassd.edu
Phone: 508-999-8402
Office: Liberal Arts, Room 392A 

 

My teaching and scholarship revolves around this question: How to empower the 99% in a society, an economy, a cultural, an educational system and a way of thinking, perceiving, designed and orchestrated by the 1% at the expense of everyone else. Far too many of students are products of a school system which equates education with passive acceptance of authority, where ideas in service of the 1% are presented as “facts” beyond challenge, whose meaning is seldom reflected upon. In my teaching, I try to bring students to take charge of their own education in order to feel empowered to create the type of society where they would like to live. Accordingly, I avoid having a rigid structured syllabus and emphasizing grades.

These concerns also underlie my scholarship. My recent book, Capitalism: Should You Buy It? An Invitation to Political Economy, looks at how politics, economics and sociology are interconnected and how they can either serve the 1% or the 99%. My other recent book, The Surplus American, addresses how the 1% is striving to amass even greater power and how the 99%, including students, are reacting. My vitae lists my other publications. I am attaching other short papers to my departmental website which reflect my worldview and my philosophy of education and scholarship.

Courses:

SOC 200 Introduction to Social Thought
SOC 305 Political Sociology
SOC 310 Social Movements
SOC 381 Social Impact of Science & Technology
SOC 420 Senior Seminar - Baby Boomers vs. Millennials 

 

Other Links:

All Quiet on the Prison Front 4

Morality Wars Cover

UMD Losing Focus 4

Your Fired brochure cover

Surplus American Cover

Course Descriptions

Curriculum Vitae 6/12/14

Bully Nation

Capitalism: Should You Buy It Cover

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