Public Sociology Fifteen Eminent Sociologists Debate Politics and the Profession in the Twenty-First Century

ISBN-10: 0520251385
ISBN-13: 9780520251380
Edition: 2007
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List price: $34.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 6/6/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 368
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.880

In 2004, Michael Burawoy, speaking as president of the American Sociological Association, generated far-reaching controversy when he issued an ambitious and impassioned call for a "public sociology." Burawoy argued that sociology should speak beyond the university and engage with social movements, deepening their understanding of the historical and social context in which they exist. In this volume, renowned sociologists come together to debate the perils and the potentials of Burawoy's challenge. Among the questions they address are: Who is, and who should be, the audience for academic social science? Should social scientists write primarily for members of their own academic discipline, or should they aim to reach a broader public? Should social scientists simply find the best means to achieve goals determined by others, or should they themselves reflect critically on these goals? Taken together, these lively debates offer provocative visions of the social sciences, the organization of universities, and the goals of academia for the twenty-first century. Contributors: Andrew Abbott, Michael Burawoy, Paticia Hill Collins, Barbara Ehrenreich, Evelyn Nakano Glenn, Sharon Hays, Douglas S. Massey, Joya Misra, Orlando Patterson, Frances Fox Piven, Lynn Smith-Lovin, Judith Stacey, Arthur Stinchcombe, Alaine Touraine, Immanuel Wallerstein, William Julius Wilson, Robert Zussman

Acknowledgments
Introductory
Introduction
For Public Sociology
Institutionalizing Public Sociology
Public Sociology and the End of Society
Stalled at the Altar? Conflict, Hierarchy, and Compartmentalization in Burawoy's Public Sociology
If I Were the Goddess of Sociological Things
Going Public: Doing the Sociology That Had No Name
Politics and the Profession
Speaking to Publics
Do We Need a Public Sociology? It Depends on What You Mean by Sociology
Speaking Truth to the Public, and Indirectly to Power
The Strength of Weak Politics
From Public Sociology to Politicized Sociologist
False Distinctions: Conceptual Reservations
The Sociologist and the Public Sphere
About Public Sociology
For Humanist Sociology
Interdisciplinarity
Whose Public Sociology? The Subaltern Speaks, but Who Is Listening?
A Journalist's Plea
Rejoinder
The Field of Sociology: Its Power and Its Promise
Editors and Contributors
Index

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