Sociology Department

George Lundskow

George Lundskow (Associate Professor): Professor Lundskow has two great professional interests: religion and cars. Both represent a union of ideological and material priorities—the union of meaning and action—especially in the United States. They are manifestations of culture, economics, lifestyle, and morality.
 
In his own theoretical perspective, Professor Lundskow draws mostly from Erich Fromm and Pierre Bourdieu, as well as Paul Massing, Daniel Bell, and Peter Berger. Like his predecessors, Lundskow rejects attempts to return to the past, but rather, in Nietzschean fashion, to evolve a new social human, one fired by passion and intellect, imagination and critical observation. In this direction, sociology offers much to understand the necessary social, psychological, and spiritual coherence that the human condition requires. How do we maintain individual initiative, insight, and passion and at the same time maintain a viable social character and collective morality? 
 
His research interests pertain to social change, and include alternative religious groups of the present, medieval demonology, and ancient class-cultural conflict. In particular, he is working on a sociological understanding of class and religion in the Greco-Roman and Byzantine world. Also, Marianne Weber’s work inspires his interest in the possibility of Neolithic goddess-oriented civilizations that predated the arrival of Northern and Eastern barbarians who introduced a patriarchal warfare culture. Marija Gimbutas and others documented extensive archaeological evidence in the 1970s and early 80s beyond what was available in Marianne’s time, and Prof. Lundskow would like to continue Marianne's sociological work.
Professor Lundskow is also involved in historical-comparative and survey research on the US automobile industry. Can the US working class survive above poverty levels?

2167 ASH phone: 331- 3704   Email: lundskog@gvsu.edu

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