LUDWIG GUMPLOWICZ’. I. KOCHANOWSKI. Member of the International Institute of Sociology, Paris. WARSAW, August Deeply moved, still suffering from. (–)A Polish sociologist, Social Darwinist, and materialist, who argued that social evolution represented a struggle for economic resources resulting in. Ludwig Gumplowicz (–), of PolishJewish parentage, was professor of public law at the University of Graz, Austria, from until his death. He is best.

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His early career was as a journalist, but in he began his university career as a teacher of law at Graz, where he remained until shortly before his death. Gumplowicz’s theories played a major role in reorienting American political science away from the study of public law and the structure of government and toward the process of politics by focusing on interest groups.

Each group strives to become the controlling group within the state, the only motive being self-interest. The individual was the product of group experiences; his morals derived from his relations in the particular groups to whom he belonged, whereas his notions of rights could be traced to the accommodative norms developed by the struggle of interest groups in his society.

He called this process syngenism. Most users should sign in with their email address. Don’t already have an Oxford Academic account? Therefore, Gumplowicz holds that progress can be observed only in particular periods and particular countries. The theory, now considered to be somewhat dated, exercised an extraordinary influence in political, social, and legal studies, an influence which continues to this day.

According to Gumplowicz, the state originates in the conflict among races, which in turn are simply primitive groups. Don’t have an account? Because of ethnocentrism, this struggle is characterized by conflict between in an evolutionary sequence racial groups, nation-states, and classes.

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Sign in with your library card. A youngster, for example, may want to go to a dance to feel that he belongs to a group and does what his friends do. Copyright The Columbia University Press.

Moore, as Outlines of Sociology and reissued by Irving L. Unfortunately, our editorial approach may not be able to accommodate all contributions. The tendency throughout history has been for such a folk-state or nation to seek to conquer a neighboring nation, and when it is successful the whole process of subjugation, assimilation, and amalgamation is repeated. Ironically, since Gumplowicz was Jewish, his work Race Struggle is regarded by some scholars as having been an important influence on the development of Nazi theories.


His conception of the primordial and ceaseless conflict of races and social groups came from the writings of Count Joseph Arthur de Gobineau and from his own life long contact with the intense struggles among races and groups in the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Publications Pages Publications Pages. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

The Editors of Encyclopaedia Britannica. Higher civilization owes its existence to warfare in that culture is a product of prosperity, and leisure is made possible by conquest. Sign in to annotate. According to Gumplowicz, social and cultural evolution is a product of the struggle between social groups. He understood race as a social and cultural, rather than a biological phenomenon. This page was last edited on 30 Decemberat His contributions to political science and jurisprudence were also important, but they consisted mainly of applications of his sociological generalizations to government and law.

Gumplowicz argued that there are no natural rights antecedent to the state, all rights being of the civil type only, that is, existing to the extent that they happen to be guaranteed by a particular state. Medicine and health Music Names studies Performing arts Philosophy.

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One, the polygenetic hypothesis, asserting that the species man evolved from various older types at many different times and in many different places, so that between the races there is no blood bond; and two, the hypothesis that an unsurmountable antagonism exists between different groups and races.

Little of his work has been translated into English the notable exception being his Grundriss der Soziologie,and his writing is popularly discredited by its authoritarian and racist overtones, although theorists of global processes have recognized his contribution in drawing attention to large-scale social conflicts such as conquests and wars.

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Social science, any discipline or branch gumploicz science that deals with human behaviour in its social and cultural aspects. A clear and vigorous writer, he was much given to controversy in all three fields. Modern Language Association http: Citing articles via Google Scholar.


He had participated in the Polish revolt of and had absorbed much of the socialist and anar chist literature of the first half of the gump,owicz century: He believed that there are no natural laws, except in the sense that laws are a result of the nature of man and of the social processes. Ludwig Gumplowicz The Polish-Austrian sociologist and political theorist Ludwig Gumplowicz is considered one of the more significant “conflict” theorists in sociology.

Ludwig Gumplowicz

Learn more about citation styles Citation styles Encyclopedia. The same principles are applied to the behavior of states as to groups.

Wars then take place between states, and the process of conquest and assimilation occurs again, on a larger scale. The individual never functions as individual but only as a member of a group, the influence of which determines his behavior. Email alerts New issue alert. If you prefer to suggest your own revision of the article, you can go to edit mode requires login. He assembled and developed in a well-integrated and systematic fashion the previously scattered suggestions relative to the social conditioning of political gunplowicz Oxford University Press is a department of the University of Oxford.

In the state, ethnic groups merge into social classes, a common body of rights and obligations is developed, and internal conflict is toned down and possibly even composed. His polygenetic view precluded the possibility of unitary evolution.

In a letter directed to Theodor Herzl and dated Dec. Rights are not founded upon justice. The Polish-Austrian sociologist and political theorist Ludwig Gumplowicz is considered one of the more significant “conflict” theorists in luswig. The rise of social classes produced a complex and unending struggle among them to control the policy of the state in order to promote their various special interests.

The outstanding contribution of Gumplowicz to sociology was his naturalistic and secular approach to society and social evolution and his conception of social evolution as a process of conflict.