Arthur B. Shostak

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Arthur B. Shostak
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Born (1937-05-11) May 11, 1937 (age 81)
EducationBA (1958), PhD (1961)
Alma materCornell University (1954–1958)
Princeton University (1958–1961)
OccupationSociologist, Futurist
Known forFuturistics, Sociology

Arthur B. Shostak (born May 11, 1937), is an American sociologist and futurist, and former professor of sociology at Drexel University. His research areas include futuristics, the history and future of the American work force, organized labor, industrial sociology, the management and social implications of modern technology.


Born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1937,[1] Shostak received his Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University in 1958.[1] In 1961, he received his Ph.D. in Industrial Sociology at Princeton[1] and began teaching at Wharton School of Finance and Commerce at the University of Pennsylvania until 1967.[2] He became professor of sociology at Drexel where he taught courses on the effects of technology, industrial and urban sociology, and race and ethnic relations.[1] In 1975 he began serving as an adjunct sociologist with the National Labor College and AFL-CIO George Meany Center for Labor Studies until 2000.[2] Alongside professorship, he was director of the Drexel University Center for Employment.[2] He was also a longtime participant in the World Future Society of futurists where he headed the Philadelphia chapter until 2003.[3] In 2003, Shostak retired from Drexel.[4]


Shostak's articles and books investigate a wide range of topics, all of which are mostly future oriented. Such topics include childhood and adolescent education, globalization, foreign policy, war and peace, information technology, bio, nano, and space technology, labor movements, and utopias.

Selected Bibliography[edit]

  • Blue-Collar Stress (1980)
  • Men and Abortion: Lessons, Losses, and Love (1984)
  • The Air Controllers' Controversy: Lessons from the PATCO Strike (1986)
  • Robust Unionism: Innovations in the Labor Movement (1991)
  • Guidelines from Gomberg: No-Nonsense Advice for Labor and Management (1992)
  • For Labor's Sake: Labor Gains and Pains as Told by 28 Creative Inside Reformers (1994)
  • Impacts of Changing Employment: If the Good Jobs Go Away (1996)
  • Private Sociology: Unsparing Reflections, Uncommon Gains (1996)
  • CyberUnion: Empowering Labor through Computer Technology (1999)
  • Utopian Thinking in Sociology: Creating the Good Society (2001)
  • The CyberUnion Handbook: Transforming Labor through Computer Technology (2002)
  • Viable Utopian Ideas: Shaping a Better World (2003)
  • Culture Clash/ Media Demons (2004)
  • Trade Towers/War Clouds (2004)
  • Making War/Making Peace (2004)
  • Mopping Up/ Making Up (2004)
  • Turning Point: The Rocky Road to Peace and Reconstruction (2004)
  • Moving On: Far Ahead (2004)
  • Getting Personal: Staying Ahead (2004)
  • America: Moving Ahead (2004)
  • Futuristics: Looking Ahead (2004)
  • Anticipate the School You want: Futurizing K-12 Education (2008)


  1. ^ a b c d "Arthur B. Shostak Collection: A Guide". University of Texas Arlington Library.
  2. ^ a b c "Drexel University Expert File". Drexel University.
  3. ^ "Ask About the Future". Anne Arundel Community College.
  4. ^ "Dr. Arthur Shostak Retires". Drexel Link Newsletter. Dec 1, 2003. Archived from the original on 2011-01-03.