University of Wisconsin-Madison
Chad Alan Goldberg earned his doctoral degree in sociology from the New School for Social Research in 2002 and is now a professor of sociology affiliated with the Center for German and European Studies, the Center for Jewish Studies, and the George L. Mosse Program in History at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. He is the author of Citizens and Paupers (2008), Modernity and the Jews in Western Social Thought (2017), as well as articles in comparative-historical sociology, political sociology, and social theory. He is currently working on a book about American democracy and cultural pluralism.
The paper takes as its point of departure American sociologist Robert Park’s seminal concept of the “marginal man.” In 1928, Park defined the marginal man as a distinctive personality type produced by the contact and collision of cultures, a “cultural hybrid,” a “man on the margin of two cultures and two societies, which never completely […]