Wilbert E. Moore
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Wilbert E. Moore

Wilbert E. Moore (26 October 1914 - 29 December 1987) was an American sociologist noted, with Kingsley Davis, for their explanation and justification for social stratification, based their idea of "functional necessity."

Moore took his Ph.D. at Harvard University's Department of Sociology in 1940. Moore along with Kingsley Davis, Robert Merton and John Riley were part of Talcott Parsons first group of PhD students. Moore is perhaps best known for Some Principles of Stratification (written with Davis). Moore and Davis wrote this paper while at Princeton University where he remained until mid-1960s. This was followed by a period at the Russell Sage Foundation before moving to the University of Denver where he stayed until his retirement.[1][2]

Moore was the 56th president of the American Sociological Association.[3]

Selected publications

  • Davis, Kingsley and Wilbert E. Moore. (1945) Some Principles of Stratification. American Sociological Review 10 (April): 242-249
  • Moore, Wilbert E. (1964) Social Change, Prentice Hall: New Jersey

See also


  1. ^ Hauhart, Robert (2003). "The Davis-Moore Theory of Stratification: The Life Course of a Socially Constructed Classic". The American Sociologist. 34 (4): 5-24. doi:10.1007/s12108-003-1013-y.
  2. ^ http://www.asanet.org/footnotes/1988/ASA.04.1988.pdf Williams, Robin M. (jnr) (1988) Wilbert Elis Moore (1914-1987) Footnotes, April, issue p.13 (a newsletter of the American Sociological Association)
  3. ^ http://www2.asanet.org/governance/moore.html American Sociological Association: Wilbert Ellis Moore October 26, 1914 - December 29, 1987 (Accessed August 2011)

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