College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

David Norman Smith

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences - Sociology
Primary office:
Fraser Hall
Room 753
University of Kansas
1415 Jayhawk Blvd
Lawrence, KS 66045-7556


David Smith is a specialist in sociological theory who studies inequality and the psychology of inequality. His writings include publications on classical and critical social theory, anti-Semitism, authority, authoritarianism, charisma, genocide, the Rwandan genocide, capitalism, and labor.  

Teaching Interests

  • Sociological theory (classical, critical, contemporary)
  • Race and ethnicity (&ldquo
  • Race&rdquo
  • And racism, ethnicity and ethnocentrism)
  • Social psychology (personality, prejudice, authoritarianism, ambivalence)
  • Historical sociology (capitalism, fascism, genocide, authority)

Selected Publications

Smith, D. N. (in press). 21st Century Capital: Falling Profit Rates and System Entropy. In L. Langman & D. A. Smith (Eds.), Piketty in the 21st Century: Sociological Critiques. Leiden & Boston: Brill.

Smith, D. N. (2017). Theory and Class Consciousness. In M. Thompson (Ed.), The Handbook of Critical Theory (pp. 369-424). London & New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Smith, D. N. (2017). Sharing, Not Selling: Marx Against Value. Continental Thought & Theory, 1(2).

Smith, D. N. (in press). Deferential Worker. In B. S. Turner (Ed.), Blackwell Encyclopedia of Social Theory. Oxford: Blackwell.

Smith, D. N. (2017). Collectivism and the Intellectuals: Svend Ranulf, Emile Durkheim, Fascism, and Resistance. Antisemitism Studies, 1(2).

Smith, D. N. (2016). Capitalism’s Future: Self-Alienation, Self-Emancipation, and the Remaking of Critical Theory. In D. Krier & M. Worrell (Eds.), Capitalism’s Future: Alienation, Emancipation and Critique (pp. 11-62). Leiden & Boston: Brill.

Smith, D. N. (2016). Charisma and the Spirit of Capitalism. In A. Sica (Ed.), The Anthem Companion to Max Weber. London, New York, & Delhi: Anthem Press.

Smith, D. N. (2016). Demand the Impossible: Greece, the Eurozone, and the Failure of the Utopian Imagination. In D. Krier & M. Worrell (Eds.), The Social Ontology of Capitalism (pp. 195-227). London & New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Smith, D. N. (2016). Epilogue: Time is Still Money. In D. W. Manders (Ed.), The Hegemony of Common Sense (revised second edition). (pp. 195-234). San Francisco: Looking Up Press.

Smith, D. N. (2016). Outrageous Fortune: Further Reflections on Austerity, Resistance, and the Utopian Imagination. In D. Krier & M. Worrell (Eds.), The Social Ontology of Capitalism (pp. 228-234).

Smith, D. N. (2015). Profit Maxims: Capitalism and the Common Sense of Time and Money. Current Perspectives in Social Theory, 33, 29-74.

Smith, D. N. (2015). Prometheus Unchained: Marx’s Abolitionism. Dialectical Anthropology, 39(2), 211-14.

Smith, D. N. (2015). The Adventures of Professor Piketty: In Which We Meet the Intrepid Data-Hunter Thomas Piketty and Hear His Startling Story. A Fantasy. Critical Sociology, 41(2), 325-334.

Smith, D. N. (2014). Slashing at Water with a Knife? Durkheim's Struggle to Anchor Sociology in First Principles. Contemporary Sociology, 43(2), 165-171.

Smith, D. N. (2013). Capitalism and Science. In A. Hessenbruch (Ed.), Reader's Guide to the History of Science (pp. 117-118). London & New York: Routledge.

Smith, D. N. (2013). Charisma Disenchanted: Max Weber and His Critics . Current Perspectives in Social Theory, 31, 3-74.

Smith, D. N. (2011). Mapping the Great Recession: A Reader’s Guide to the First Crisis of 21st-Century Capitalism. New Political Science, 34(4), 577-583.

Smith, D. N. (2011). Sweatshops. In G. Ritzer & J. M. Ryan (Eds.), The Blackwell Concise Encyclopedia of Sociology Online.

Smith, D. N., Hanley, E. & McWilliams, R. (2011). RWA, SDO, and Voter Choice: Short Reliable Scales. A proposal to the American National Election Study (available online).

Smith, D. N. (2011). Charisma and Critique: Critical Theory, Authority, and the Birth of Political Theology. Current Perspectives in Social Theory, 29, 33-56.

Smith, D. N. (2009). Solidarity in Question: Critical Theory, Labor, and Anti-Semitism. Critical Sociology, 35 (5), 601-628.

Smith, D. N. (2007). Anti-Semitism. In R. T. Schaefer (Ed.), The Encyclopedia of Race, Ethnicity, and Society (pp. 76-80). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Smith, D. N. (2007). Living Wage Movements. In G. L. Anderson & K. Herr (Eds.), The Encyclopedia of Activism and Social Justice (pp. 866-888). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Smith, D. N. (2006). Authority Fetishism and the Manichæan Vision. In L. Langman & D. K. Fishman (Eds.), The Evolution of Alienation (pp. 91-114 ). Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.

Smith, D. N. (2006). Recognizing Empire: Alienation, Authority, and Delusions of Grandeur. Current Perspectives in Social Theory, 24, 57-152.

Smith, D. N. (2005). Facing Change and Danger. In F. Baron, D. N. Smith, & C. Reitz (Eds.), Authority, Culture, and Community (pp. 3-25). Munich: Synchron.

Smith, D. N. (2005). Anti-Semitism. In C. Skutsch (Ed.), The Encyclopedia of the World’s Minorities (Vol. 1, pp. 108-111). London & New York: Taylor & Francis.

Smith, D. N. (2005). Herbert Marcuse. In J. R. Shook (Ed.), The Dictionary of Modern American Philosophers (Vol. 3, pp. 1604-1607). Bristol: Thoemmes Continuum Press.

Smith, D. N. (2004). The Rhetoric and Reality of ‘Mass Destruction’: How Genocide Became an International Social Problem. In G. Ritzer (Ed.), Handbook of Social Problems: A Comparative International Perspective (pp. 368-388). Beverly Hills: Sage.

Smith, D. N. (2003). Globalisierung und Genozid [Globalization and Genocide]. In M. N. Dobkowski & I. Walliman (Eds.), Das Zeitalter der Knappheit (pp. 183-212). Bern: Verlag Paul Haupt.

Smith, D. N. (2002). Globalization and Genocide: Inequality and Mass Death in Rwanda. In M. N. Dobkowski & I. Wallimann (Eds.), On the Edge of Scarcity (pp. 149-172). Syracuse: Syracuse University Press.

Smith, D. N. (2002). Accumulation and the Clash of Cultures: Marx’s Ethnology in Context. Rethinking Marxism, 14(4), 73-84.

Smith, D. N. (2001). The Stigma of Reason: Irrationalism as a Problem for Social Theory. In K. Ashman & P. Baringer (Eds.), After the Science Wars: In the Wake of the Sokal Affair (pp. 151-182). London & New York: Routledge.

Smith, D. N. (2001). Abolitionism and Social Theory: Slavery, ‘Wage Slavery,’ and the Visibility of Oppression. Current Perspectives in Social Theory, 20, 143-181.

Smith, D. N. (2001). The Spectral Reality of Value: Sieber, Marx, and Commodity Fetishism. Research in Political Economy, 19, 47-66.

Smith, D. N. (2001). Anomie, Solidarity, and Conflict: French Sociology and the Limits of Dialogue. Sociological Quarterly, 42 (1), 69-78.

Smith, D. N. (2000). Genocide. In E. F. Borgatta & R. Montgomery (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Sociology (pp. 1066-73). New York & San Francisco: Macmillan.

Smith, D. N., & Gunn, C. W. (1999). Authoritarian Aggression and Social Stratification. Social Thought & Research, 22 (1-2), 95-112.

Smith, D. N. (1998). Postcolonial Genocide: Scarcity, Ethnicity and Mass Death in Rwanda. In M. N. Dobkowski & I. Wallimann (Eds.), The Coming Age of Scarcity (pp. 220-244). Syracuse: Syracuse University Press.

Smith, D. N. (1998). The Genesis of Genocide in Rwanda: The Fatal Dialectic of Class and Ethnicity. In D. O. Friedrichs (Ed.), State Crime (Vol. 1, pp. 475-91). Brookfield : Ashgate and Dartmouth.

Smith, D. N. (1998). Faith, Reason, and Charisma: Rudolf Sohm, Max Weber, and the Theology of Grace. Sociological Inquiry, 68 (1), 32-60.

Smith, D. N. (1998). The Ambivalent Worker: Max Weber, Critical Theory, and the Antinomies of Authority. Social Thought & Research, 20 (3), 35-83.

Smith, D. N. (1998). The Psychocultural Roots of Genocide: Legitimacy and Crisis in Rwanda. The American Psychologist, 53 (7), 743-753.

Smith, D. N. (1997). Judeophobia, Myth, and Critique. In S. D. Breslauer (Ed.), The Seductiveness of Jewish Myth (pp. 123-154). Albany, NY: SUNY Press.

Smith, D. N. (1996). The Social Construction of Enemies: Jews and the Representation of Evil. Sociological Theory, 14 (3), 203-240.

Smith, D. N. (1995). The Ethnological Imagination: History and Social Structure. In D. Schorkowitz (Ed.), Ethnohistorische Wege und Lehrjahre eines Philosophen (pp. 102-119). Bern & New York: Peter Lang Verlag.

Smith, D. N. (1995). Ziya Gokalp and Émile Durkheim: Sociology as an Apology for Chauvinism? Études durkheimiennes/Durkheimian Studies, New Series, 1(1), 45-51.

Smith, D. N. (1995). Uncivil Society: 'Race' and Murder in Nazi Germany. Patterns of Prejudice, 29(3), 123-126.

Smith, D. N. (1995). Ascetic Virtues: Charisma and Character in Max Weber. Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences, 31, 72-80.

Smith, D. N. (1992). The Beloved Dictator: Adorno, Horkheimer, and the Critique of Domination. Current Perspectives in Social Theory, 11, 195-230.


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