Glazer, Nathan

Glazer, Nathan,

1923–2019, American sociologist, b. New York City, grad. City College, 1944. He became an editor at The Contemporary Jewish Record, later Commentary, and contributed to The Lonely Crowd (1950), a seminal work on American society. From 1962 to 1963 he worked for the Kennedy administration's Housing and Home Finance Agency; he subsequently taught at the Univ. of California, Berkeley, and then, from 1969 (emeritus from 1993), at Harvard. With Daniel Patrick MoynihanMoynihan, Daniel Patrick
, 1927–2003, American sociologist and politician, b. Tulsa, Okla., grad. Tufts (B.A., 1948; M.A., 1949; Ph.D., 1961). Raised in a poor neighborhood of New York City, he became active in Democratic party politics in the 1950s.
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 he wrote Beyond the Melting Pot (1963), an influential study of American ethnicity. Becoming skeptical of the effects of government social programs, Glazer moved over time from the political left to neoconservativism, but he never fully identified with either group, and he later re-evaluated and reversed some of his neoconservative positions. In 1965 he became one of the original contributors to the neoconservative periodical The Public Interest, which he edited with Irving Kristol from 1973 to 2005. Glazer's other works include Affirmative Discrimination (1975), The Limits of Social Policy (1988), and We Are All Multiculturalists Now (1997).


See P. Steinfels, The Neoconservatives (1979).

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Glazer, Nathan

(1923–  ) sociologist; born in New York City. A faculty member at Harvard's Graduate School of Education (1968), he wrote widely on contemporary American society, at first from a Zionist and socialist perspective, and after the 1960s as a neoconservative. His books include the classics The Lonely Crowd (with David Riesman, 1950) and Beyond the Melting Pot (coauthored, 1963, later revised) and a controversial work opposing affirmative action, Affirmative Discrimination (1976, later revised).
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References in periodicals archive ?
Glazer, Nathan and Moynihan, Daniel P., Beyond the Melting Pot: The Negroes, Puerto Ricans, Jews, Italians, and Irish of New York City., Cambridge, MA: MIT Press 1970, p.
Glazer, Nathan and Ueda, Reed., Ethnic Groups in History Textbooks., Washington, D.C.: Ethics and Public Policy Center, 1976., (p.