Amitai Etzioni papers
Collection Scope and Content
Materials in this collection include diaries, articles (in English and Hebrew), books, posters, photographs, newspapers, correspondence, and manuscripts. They range in date from 1941-65, and were donated to the University Archives in two accessions by Amitai Etzioni in 1997. One accession has not been processed.
- Creation: 1941-1965
- Etzioni, Amitai (Person)
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Historical or Biographical Note
Amitai Etzioni (1929-2023) was University Professor and Professor of International Affairs, and Director of the Institute for Communitarian Policy Studies at The George Washington University. Dr. Etzioni was born in Koln, Germany on January 4, 1929. He received his B.A. (1954) and M.A. (1956) from The Hebrew University, Jerusalem, and his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley in 1958.
After receiving his Ph.D. in Sociology he served as a Professor of Sociology at Columbia University for twenty-two years and served as chair of the of the department from 1969-71. He was a guest scholar at the Brookings Institution in 1978 before serving as a Senior Advisor to the White House on domestic affairs from 1979-1980. In 1980, Etzioni was named the first University Professor at GW, where he is the Director of the Institute for Communitarian Policy Studies. From 1987-1989, he served as the Thomas Henry Carroll Ford Foundation Professor at the Harvard Business School.
Dr. Etzioni served as the president of the American Sociological Association in 1994-95, and in 1989-90 was the founding president of the International Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics. In 1990, he founded the Communitarian Network, a not-for-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to shoring up the moral, social and political foundations of society. He was the editor of “The Responsive Community: Rights and Responsibilities,” the organization's quarterly journal, from 1991-2004. In 1991, the press began referring to Dr. Etzioni as the ‘guru' of the communitarian movement.
Dr. Etzioni authored twenty-four books, including The Monochrome Society (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2001), The Limits of Privacy (New York: Basic Books, 1999), The New Golden Rule (New York: Basic Books, 1996), which received the Simon Wiesenthal Center's 1997 Tolerance Book Award, The Spirit of Community (New York: Crown Books, 1993), and The Moral Dimension: Toward a New Economics (New York: Free Press, 1988). His most recent books are My Brother's Keeper: A Memoir and a Message (Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2003), and From Empire to Community: A New Approach to International Relations (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2004).
Outside of academia, Dr. Etzioni's voice was frequently heard in the media. In 2001, he was named among the top 100 American intellectuals as measured by academic citations in Richard Posner's book, Public Intellectuals: A Study of Decline. Also in 2001, Etzioni was awarded the John P. McGovern Award in Behavioral Sciences as well as the Officer's Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany. He was also the recipient of the Seventh James Wilbur Award for Extraordinary Contributions to the Appreciation and Advancement of Human Values by the Conference on Value Inquiry, as well as the Sociological Practice Association's Outstanding Contribution Award.
Etzioni was married and has five sons.
Dr. Etzioni died in May 2023 at the age of 94.
The collection was donated to the University Archives in two accessions by Amitai Etzioni in 1997
N.B. This history note was written in 2005
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Language of Materials
Materials in this collection include diaries, articles (in English and Hebrew), books, posters, photographs, newspapers, correspondence, and manuscripts. They range in date from 1941-1965.
Organized into two series both titled papers.
These records were donated to the University Archives in two accessions by Amitai Etzioni in 1997.
- Communitarian Network (Organization)
- Etzioni, Amitai (Person)
- George Washington University (Organization)
- George Washington University. Institute for Communitarian Policy Studies (Organization)
- Preliminary Guide to the Amitai Etzioni papers, 1941-1965
- Special Collections Research Center, The George Washington University
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- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Script of description
- Language of description note
- Finding aid written in English