Embarassing, but I managed to miss this piece of news completely:
- Washington Post, 4th January: Political Scientist Seymour Lipset, 84; Studied Democracy and U.S. Culture
- New York Times: Seymour Martin Lipset, Sociologist, Dies at 84
- Larry Diamond and Gary Marks on Seymour Martin Lipset (written 1992)
Note that while the Washington Post calls Lipset a political scientist, the New York Times claims him for sociology.
Who is right?
When I was an undergraduate student in the 1980s, Lipset was one of those scholars that we read about – rather than reading the man himself. For a number of reasons, I became more fascinated with Lipset’s contemporary Giovanni Sartori.