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Arnold Marshall Rose

ROSE, ARNOLD MARSHALL (1918–1968), U.S. sociologist. Born in Chicago, Rose taught at Bennington College and Washington University in St. Louis and from 1952 until his death was professor of sociology at the University of Minnesota. His interest was primarily in the field of social problems, especially those relating to the labor movement and race relations. In the latter field he was considered a leading authority. Rose first entered the complex area of race relations as an assistant to Gunnar Myrdal, the author and editor of An American Dilemma (1944). Rose published a condensed edition of this classic entitled The Negro in America (1948).

He also wrote Studies in the Reduction of Prejudice (1947, 19482); The Negro's Morale (1949); and America Divided; Minority Group Relations in the United States (with C. Rose, 1948, 19492). He edited Race Prejudice and Discrimination (1951) and Human Behavior and Social Processes (1962); and coedited Minority Problems (1965). His other works include: Union Solidarity: The International Cohesion of a Labor Union (1952); Theory and Method in the Social Sciences (1954); and a widely-used text, Sociology: The Study of Human Relations (1956, 19652). Rose was involved in a lawsuit in 1963–64 after having been denounced as a security risk because of his alleged communist activities. He won the case, which he described in Libel and Academic Freedom, A Lawsuit against Political Extremists (1968). One of his last works was Power Structure; Political Process in American Society (1967).

Sources: Encyclopaedia Judaica. © 2008 The Gale Group. All Rights Reserved.