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Melvyn L. Fein, Ph.D
Professor of Sociology

Kennesaw State Uninversity
Kennesaw,GA 30144
mfein@kennesaw.edu

About Melvyn L.Fein


    Melvyn L. Fein, Ph.D. is Professor of Sociology at Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw Georgia.  He is a certified clinical sociologist who holds his doctorate in sociology from the City University of New York.  After over twenty years of clinical practice specializing in helping individuals overcome their personal problems, he is now concentrating on sociological theory, including clinical sociology, the sociology of morality, the sociology of hierarchies, and their implications.

His most recent monograph is on race relations and entitled Race and Morality: How Good Intentions Undermine Social Justice and Perpetuate Inequality, Dr. Fein is the author of five other books including The Limits of Idealism: How Good Intentions Go Bad,  Hardball Without an Umpire: The Sociology of Morality, I.A.M.* A Common-Sense Guide to Coping with Anger, Analyzing Psychotherapy: A Social Role Interpretation, and Role Change: A Resocialization Perspective.  As of now he has also completed three manuscripts: Unhappiness is Not a Disease: On Loss and Losing, Ours Not to Reason Why: Explorations in Social Stupidity and The Great Middle Class Revolution: A Social Odyssey.  In addition, he has written a course pack for his Social Problems course entitled: Social Problems: The Middle Class Challenge.

Dr. Fein has been President of the Georgial Sociological Assocoation and has served on the boards of the Sociological Practice Association and the Georgia Sociological Association and been a State Licensure Monitor for the American Sociological Association.  He is the former editor of the national theme journal Sociological Practice and continues as a member of its board.  Twice the program chair for SPA annual meetings, he is active in focusing public attention on a variety of social problems.  Most recently he was editor of the GSA’s newsletter, The Semaphore.

At KSU, Dr. Fein teaches a variety of subjects ranging from Race and Ethnicity, Social Theory, Social Organizations, Social Stratification, and Social Problems, through Sociological Perspectives and Introductory Sociology.

First Chapters of MLF'S Books:

1) Social Problems: The Middle Class Challenge
    Chapter 1: The Challenge of Freedom

2) Unhappiness is Not a Disease: On Loss and Losing
    Chapter 1: Call Me Crazy

3) The Great Middle Class Revolution: A Social Odyssey
    Chapter 1: Greedy Conformists

4) Hardball Without an Umpire: The Sociology of Morality
    Chapter 1: A Peculiar Enterprise

5) Race and Morality: How Good Intentions Undermine Social Justice
    Chapter 1: Moral Invisibility

6) Ours Not to Reason Why: Explorations in Social Stupidity
    Chapter 1: Irrationality

7) The Limits of Idealism; When Good Intentions Go Bad
    Chapter 1: Idealism on Trial