theprosewriter is Peter I. Rose — a sociologist, ethnographer, writer, world traveler and sometime travel journalist — who has been studying, teaching, and writing about human encounters and interactions for nearly 60 years. He has long been anchored in Northampton, Massachusetts, where he is Sophia Smith Professor Emeritus of Sociology and Anthropology and Senior Fellow of the Kahn Liberal Arts Institute at Smith College.
His most recent book is also his oldest. The first edition of They and We: Racial and Ethnic Relations in the U.S. and Beyond was published by Random House in 1964. In 2014, Paradigm Publishers released the 7th – and 50thanniversary — edition. It appeared a few months after Levellers Press published Postmonitions of a Peripatetic Professor. In the pages of this colorful memoir, the author comments on six decades of academic life in the U.S. and abroad, his work as an editor and consultant, his excursions as a travel journalist, and some intimate portraits of those he met along the way. With a foreword by the author’s former Smith College student, playwright and novelist Andrea Hairston, the narrative is also enriched by occasional extracts from his earlier writings in essays, stories, reviews, poems, and books, including They and We, The Subject is Race, The Ghetto and Beyond, Strangers in Their Midst, Americans from Africa, Mainstream and Margins, Tempest-Tost, Guest Appearances, and With Few Reservations.