Nathan Glazer, one of the country’s foremost urban sociologists, who became most closely identified with the circle of disillusioned liberals known as the neoconservatives, died on Saturday at his home in Cambridge, Mass. He was 95.
His daughter, Sarah Glazer Khedouri, confirmed his death.
Over more than a half-century, Mr. Glazer threw himself into the middle of heated debates over such contentious issues as race, ethnicity, immigration and education, contributing to a range of professional journals and popular magazines, and writing or editing more than a dozen books. He once said that he held positions often no different from those of many others’, but that he was the one who would go to meetings and speak up.
Early in his career, he was a co-author of two seminal works on American society, “The Lonely Crowd,” with David Riesman and Reuel Denney in 1950, and “Beyond the Melting Pot,” with Daniel Patrick Moynihan in 1963. Later volumes included “We Are All Multiculturalists Now” in 1997 and “From a Cause to a Style: Modernist Architecture’s Encounter with the American City” in 2007.
He was also an editor at the magazines Commentary and The Public Interest, and Doubleday Anchor Books. He served on presidential task forces on urban affairs and education, and held teaching positions at Bennington College, Smith College and the University of California, Berkeley. At his death, he was a professor emeritus of sociology and education at Harvard University.
A child of Jewish immigrants from Warsaw, Nathan Glazer was born on Feb. 25, 1923, in New York City and spent his early years in East Harlem. His father, Louis, was a garment worker, and his mother, Tilly, was a homemaker. Nathan was the youngest of seven children, and when he was 10, the family, which was crammed into a four-room apartment, moved to the wider spaces of the East Bronx.
Mr. Glazer’s interest in urban affairs stemmed directly from personal experience, and his upbringing had an impact on his later ideas. His East Harlem tenement block, dominated by the iron structures of elevated trains, had no trees or green strips. It was, Mr. Glazer once said, a “bad place to live.”
Only a few blocks away was Central Park, where a boy could lose himself in the meadows and woodlands, enjoying a respite from the city’s noise and grime. For Mr. Glazer, the park was a “wonder” of childhood, and in years to come, when some urban planners challenged Frederick Law Olmsted’s vision of a pastoral retreat within a crowded city, he spoke out in Olmsted’s defense.
Mr. Glazer arrived at City College in 1940, near the end of the Great Depression and at a time when the all-male, predominantly Jewish student body was largely divided into antagonistic leftist factions — Stalinist, Trotskyist, Socialist. Having inherited a Socialist, anti-Communist perspective from his trade-unionist father, Mr. Glazer lined up against the Stalinists, joined a radical Zionist organization and edited its newspaper.
After graduation, in 1944, he got a job at The Contemporary Jewish Record, soon to become Commentary. Mr. Glazer, who had come out of a “very narrow world,” as he put it, described his life in the late 1940s and early ′50s as leaving “the womb.”
In the presidential election of 1948, he voted for the Socialist Norman Thomas, not the Democrat Harry S. Truman.
Two groups of thinkers that have had a lasting impact on American culture had a lasting impact on Mr. Glazer as well. The first was the New York Intellectuals, the collection of writers, gathered around Partisan Review and later The New York Review of Books, who combined leftist politics with modernist aesthetics. The Partisan Review writers Dwight Macdonald and Hannah Arendt were early influences; another contributor to the magazine, the art critic Clement Greenberg, helped get him his first job.
While he was at Commentary, Mr. Glazer’s circle widened. Writers like James Baldwin and Irving Howe would drop by the office, and at Greenwich Village parties he met prominent intellectuals like Lionel Trilling and the Partisan Review editors Philip Rahv and William Phillips. These were people, Mr. Glazer said, who seemed to be “working at the forefront of knowledge,” with their understanding of Marx, Freud and Modernist developments in the arts.
“There was an awful lot of talk,” Mr. Glazer said, but he had always felt that he was something of an outsider, a “junior member” at these get-togethers, “more like a hanger-on” than a full participant.
Mr. Glazer’s turn to neoconservatism followed an almost paradigmatic path. Throughout the 1950s, and even after he went to work for the Kennedy administration’s Housing and Home Finance Agency in 1962-63, he continued to consider himself a radical. But if, as his longtime friend Irving Kristol put it, a neoconservative is a liberal who has been mugged by reality, then Mr. Glazer got hit over the head.
He had taken a teaching post at Berkeley in 1963, just as the student rebellions of the 1960s were erupting. Opposed to the growing American military involvement in Vietnam and supportive of social policies designed to help the poor, he initially sympathized with the student protesters. But as they grew more extreme — “nihilistic” was Mr. Glazer’s word — he turned away from them and his own leftist past as well. He moved toward what he saw as a hard-won pragmatism but what others saw as a reactive conservatism.
In 1965, Mr. Glazer became one of the original contributors to The Public Interest, founded by Mr. Kristol and another friend, Daniel Bell. The magazine was a policy journal grounded in the concreteness of empirical evidence and asked hard questions about Great Society programs.
It became the most intellectually formidable of the neoconservative publications in the last decades of the 20th century, and one that Mr. Glazer edited with Mr. Kristol from 1973 until its demise in 2005.
Mr. Glazer’s first marriage, to Ruth Slotkin, ended in divorce. He is survived by his wife, Sulochana (Raghavan) Glazer; three daughters from his first marriage, Ms. Glazer Khedouri, Elizabeth Glazer and Sophie Glazer; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
During the battles of the 1970s over busing and affirmative action, Mr. Glazer published “Affirmative Discrimination” (1975), a landmark statement for neoconservatives and others opposed to government-enforced racial balancing. Mr. Glazer was prominently featured in one of the earliest studies of the group, Peter Steinfels’s “The Neoconservatives: The Men Who Are Changing America’s Politics” in 1979.
Mr. Glazer was never an entirely reliable neoconservative. He wasn’t comfortable with the label, and on foreign policy he continued to describe himself as “somewhat left.” If he opposed policies like affirmative action, it was not, as with more traditional conservatives, out of antipathy to government itself, but out of a skepticism about what public programs could accomplish.
One of his books was titled “The Limits of Social Policy,” published in 1988.
“On most areas of public policy,” he said, “I consider myself pragmatic, rather than a man of the left or a man of the right.”
As a social scientist, Mr. Glazer valued hard facts over good intentions. At the same time, he was modest about what the facts could show. A reader of his work was always coming upon phrases like “I am not sure” and “We do not have the knowledge” and “I do not know.”
This meant that the nonideological Mr. Glazer could change his mind. In his writings on architecture and city planning, for example, he went from early enthusiasm for modernism to a “growing disenchantment.”
“In the end,” he said, “the defense of a radical modernism became the work of an elite that the ordinary person could not understand.”
During the 1990s Mr. Glazer decided that he had been wrong about the course of integration as set out in “Affirmative Discrimination” — that he had been complacent about racial progress in America.
And once he had concluded that some kind of multiculturalism was necessary for public education, he bowed to what he saw as the inevitable: “Even the most balanced and professional effort to define a curriculum for students in American schools today will place a heavy emphasis on multiplicity and diversity, race and ethnicity.”
In Mr. Glazer’s case, it seemed, a multiculturalist was a neoconservative who had been mugged by reality.
Former allies were not pleased. One historian of neoconservatism, writing in 2005, spoke of Mr. Glazer’s “defection” from the movement.
Yet there was an underlying consistency to Mr. Glazer’s political and policy shifts. He had become a pessimist about the effectiveness of government programs and therefore a critic of much social policy. “I know what I’m against,” he said.
But he said this more with sorrow than satisfaction. For if his skepticism compelled him to leave most of his radical past behind, he never fully abandoned his youthful concerns about social justice.
Late in life he described himself as a “meliorist,” and in a statement that can stand as his political testament, he declared: “I think you must keep on trying, even if you haven’t had great success. I think everything helps a little.”B:
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【玖】【曲】【在】【水】【汤】【里】【面】【独】【自】【玩】【了】【一】【会】【儿】，【最】【终】【玩】【得】【有】【些】【累】【了】，【二】【话】【没】【说】【就】【想】【靠】【着】【边】【边】【睡】【一】【会】【儿】【了】 【景】【瑜】【在】【外】【面】【久】【久】【的】【等】【了】【一】【会】【儿】，【直】【到】 【景】【瑜】【迅】【速】【的】【从】【座】【位】【上】【坐】【起】【来】，【整】【个】【人】【都】【有】【一】【些】【重】【心】【不】【稳】。 【景】【瑜】【直】【直】【的】【看】【着】【站】【在】【门】【口】【的】***， “【她】【一】【个】【人】【在】【里】【面】？” ***【礼】【貌】【性】【的】【点】【了】【点】【头】，【景】【瑜】【在】2017十二生肖第121期开什么动物【张】【敏】【峰】【又】【扫】【到】【另】【外】【一】【条】【新】【闻】，【最】【新】【的】IT【新】【贵】，【最】【有】【影】【响】【力】【的】【新】【人】——【陈】【煜】【霆】。 【就】【是】【刚】【才】【说】【自】【己】【吃】【软】【饭】【的】【那】【个】【男】【人】。 【只】【有】【很】【有】【底】【气】，【才】【能】【如】【此】【自】【黑】。 【张】【敏】【峰】【顿】【时】【整】【个】【人】【都】【蔫】【了】，【再】【也】【嚣】【张】【不】【起】【来】，【怎】【么】【可】【能】【嚣】【张】？ 【因】【为】【他】【同】【人】【家】【比】，【怎】【么】【也】【比】【不】【上】，【真】【的】【比】【不】【上】。 【所】【以】【才】【会】【是】【现】【在】【这】【样】【的】【情】【况】。
【苏】【冉】【叹】【了】【口】【气】，【道】：“【要】【是】【我】【一】【直】【没】【发】【现】【呢】，【你】【打】【算】【怎】【么】【办】？” “【那】【我】【就】【一】【直】【等】。【都】【已】【经】【等】【了】【这】【么】【久】，【也】【不】【差】【这】【几】【年】。” 【孟】【昀】【双】【眼】【凝】【视】【着】【她】，【毫】【不】【迟】【疑】【的】【说】。 “【所】【以】，【你】【突】【然】【决】【定】【回】【国】【是】【因】【为】【我】？” “【对】，【我】【想】【见】【你】。” 【苏】【冉】【紧】【抿】【着】【唇】，【说】：“【见】【到】【又】【能】【怎】【样】【呢】？【你】【想】【没】【想】【过】，【现】【在】【的】【局】【面】【和】【三】【年】
【唔】，【新】【书】【来】【了】，【大】【概】【相】【当】【于】【上】【一】【本】【重】【写】【吧】，【只】【是】【换】【了】【一】【个】【更】【容】【易】【接】【受】【的】【背】【景】，【改】【掉】【了】【一】【些】【繁】【杂】【的】【体】【系】，【风】【格】【也】【变】【得】【更】【强】【烈】【了】【一】【些】。 【本】【来】【想】【写】【文】【娱】，【但】【想】【了】【想】【还】【是】【不】【甘】【心】，【就】【重】【写】【上】【本】【了】。 【咳】，【先】【说】【好】，【不】【要】【喷】【我】，【不】【然】【我】【玻】【璃】【心】【肯】【定】【要】**【禁】【言】【啦】。 【新】【书】【书】【名】： 《【总】【是】【怀】【上】【神】【明】【怎】【么】【办】》 【简】【介】: