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The Other Riessman

Frank Riessman is not a very well known name. Unlike his contemporary and colleague, David Riesman, he never published a massively popular work of social science that historians would, in the decades to come, continually point to as emblematic of an intellectual moment or inclination. Nonetheless, in many ways the double-s Riessman is just as important to understanding post-war thought as the famous Riesman, and he popped up continuously in my research on the liberal discussion about poverty in this period. Read more