In class, I pointed out a connection between Simmel and Du Bois’ theories on double consciousness and the stranger. I did not realize that this connection would come later in our readings, but I was happy to see it. Edles and Appelrouth said,”Both theorists emphasized the sense of otherness that not only inhibits social solidarity, but also prevents the formation of a unified sense of self” (350). They go on to point out that both use the metaphor of a veil. I think the main difference is that Du Bois is focusing his analysis on blacks, whereas Simmel extended the theory to many groups.
In class, it seemed like not everyone agreed that this was a good connection. I was wondering if anyone has any ideas about how Simmel and Du Bois’ theories on this are not related? What do you think are the major differences between the two theories?