Allan Johnson

Canton, Connecticut

1946 - 2018


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Noted sociologist and novelist Allan G. Johnson, an influential figure in the profeminist men's movement and the broader progressive movements for social justice, died on December 24 at his home in Canton, Connecticut, surrounded by family and friends. He was 71. Author both of nonfiction books...

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I knew Allan from our time together in swimming at Westminister School Pool in Simsbury. I enjoyed by brief time (about 3-4 years). I did not know Allan as a noted Sociologist. We were friends and generally talked about nonsence and enjoyed each other. Allan was a good person who enjoyed swimming as I did and I miss our conversations.

I went to Allan's blog to see if he had posted an essay, regarding the most recent gun massacre so that we could post on the Agency's Facebook page to continue to bring awareness to those we serve. I was so taken aback when realized he gone over. He will be missed by me and so many others. However the work and his words he gave to us will continue his work to end violence against women, as well as a guide to learn how to swim in this thing we call patriarchy. Love you much, rest peacefully

After yet another incident of gun violence recently here in the US, I went to Allan's blog to see if he had posted another insightful essay, one that would help remind me that there are sane and thoughtful people in this world, and I was shocked to see the word "was" and soon realized he recently passed away. I gasped and shouted "no!," and I was even more saddened to learn that he died due to cancer, something I just experienced with a family member which taught me how...

I was so sorry to learn of Allan Johnson's passing. I am a professor of sociology and an associate dean. I was introduced to his book, The Forest and the Trees, when I started teaching Intro to Sociology many years ago. Despite my PhD in sociology and my previous years of teaching, his book changed how I think about the discipline, how I teach my courses, and how I work as an administrator. I cannot thank Allan enough for the contributions he made to the field of sociology, me personally, and...

Perhaps it would be inspiring to tell you the extent of the impact Dr. Johnson's lectures and writing have had on my life, but it would be embarrassing to talk about myself that much in this forum. Although I never met Dr. Johnson in person, I've considered him an important teacher of mine since first reading The Gender Knot 18 years ago. I share his quotations and recommend his books. I was thrilled that he'd been putting out books so rapidly in recent years.

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I am heartbroken over the news of Allan's passing. I stumbled across the first edition of _The Gender Knot_ while browsing the shelves at a Barnes and Noble years and years ago. I was already working in the rape crisis movement as an educator and crisis advocate, and I was intrigued by the book description and thought it might be useful for my work. I could not put the book down, and I underlined more of the book than I left un-underlined. It crystalized and gave words to so much of what I...

Please accept my sincere condolences. Prof. Johnson's sociology class was an opening experience which helped setting my path. From him I learnt to see the world in different lights. My deepest gratitude for his generosity and wisdom. May his beautiful soul rest in peace.

I met Allan at a conference on teaching about inequality, many years ago, at NC State University. Each of us attended the other's session. I was already familiar with Allan's work and it was wonderful to talk with him at that event. I also invited him to speak about sexism at UNC Chapel Hill, several years ago, and spent time talking with him and my partner (we're both sociologists) about the world and what we could do to work for the good. At that event Allan spoke to about 300 people,...

So sorry to hear about Allan's passing. He was a good man (and a gifted thinker and writer) who cared about making a difference in the world. I feel proud to have been his editor on Privilege, Power and Difference but, honestly, all I did was sign him and he basically did the rest. He was that strong as an author. He will be much missed.