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Dr. Orlando Patterson

Historical and Cultural Sociologist

Dr. Orlando Patterson, a historical and cultural sociologist, is John Cowles Professor of Sociology at Harvard University. He has previously held faculty appointments at the University of the West Indies, his alma mater, and the London School of Economics, where he received his Ph.D. His academic interests include the culture and practices of freedom; the…

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Dr. Orlando Patterson, a historical and cultural sociologist, is John Cowles Professor of Sociology at Harvard University. He has previously held faculty appointments at the University of the West Indies, his alma mater, and the London School of Economics, where he received his Ph.D.

His academic interests include the culture and practices of freedom; the comparative study of slavery and ethno-racial relations; and the cultural sociology of poverty and underdevelopment with special reference to the Caribbean and African American youth.

He has also written on the cultural sociology of sports, especially the game of cricket.

Professor Patterson is the author of numerous academic papers and 5 major academic books, including Slavery and Social Death (1982); Freedom in the Making of Western Culture (1991); and The Ordeal of Integration (1997). His latest book is The Cultural Matrix: Understanding Black Youth (2015).

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