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Public Sociology Research, Action, and Change

ISBN-10: 1412982634
ISBN-13: 9781412982634
Edition: 2012
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Book details

List price: $41.99
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: SAGE Publications, Incorporated
Publication date: 6/15/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.55" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

This book highlights the variety of ways in which sociology brings about social change in community settings, assists nonprofit and social service organizations in their work, and influences policy at the local, regional, and national levels. It also spotlights sociology that informs the general public on key policy issues through media and creates research centers that develop and carry out collaborative research. The book details a broad range of sociology projects. The 33 case studies are divided into 8 sections. Each section also includes sidebars of include non-sociologists writing about the impact of selected research projects. In some cases these are interdisciplinary projects since solutions to social problems are often multifaceted and do not fit into the disciplines as defined by universities. Further, it emphasizes actions and connections. This is not armchair sociology where self-proclaimed public sociologists just write articles suggesting what government, corporations, communities, or others #xE2;#xAC;Sought to do.#xE2;#xAC; The authors are interested in the active connections to publics and users of the research, not the passive research process.

Foreword
Foreword
Foreword
Acknowledgments
Public Scholarship, the Sociological Imagination, and Engaged Scholarship
Sidebar: Expert Testimony
Crossing Boundaries in 21st-century Research: Sharing Knowledge and Collaborating Between University and Community
Sidebar: Setting a Graduate Education Path for Public Sociology
Sidebar: Developing Student Commitment to Public Sociology
Starting Up and Sustaining Public Sociology Projects
Sidebar: Working With the Academy: A Community Perspective
Career Guide for Public Sociologists
Sidebar: Enjoying Success Outside the Academy
Sidebar: Public Sociologist as Teacher First
Sidebar: Learning Is a Two-Way Street
Equitable Community Development
Sidebar: Partnerships From the Perspective of the Community
Educating About Homelessness: A University-City Government Research Partnership
The Differential Impact of Gentrification on Communities of Color in Chicago
Research in Action: The Case of InnerCity Entrepreneurs
Art and Equitable Community Development
Environmental Issues
Public Sociology for Environmental Health and Environmental Justice
Learning From Disaster: Documenting the Impacts of Hurricane Katrina on Displaced College Students From New Orleans
Working for Global Environmental Justice: Channeling Privilege, Producing New Knowledge
Sidebar: Testimonial From "Briana"
Regional Research and Data Collection to Enhance Public Knowledge
Neighborhood, Region, and Place: The Chicago Experience
The Sacramento State Annual Survey of the Region
Reducing Hunger in Oregon
Povertyeast.org: Providing Information to Help Communities Address Critical Needs
Sociology in Public Service
Inequalities of Race, Class, and Gender
Bringing Feminist Sociology to Smart-Girl: Building a University-Nonprofit Partnership
Sidebar: Public Sociology as a Foundation for a Counseling Career in Education
Feminist Research in Action: An Intersectional Approach to Girlcentric Programming
Youth Participation in Community Research for Racial Justice
Building Resources to Create and Maintain Stable Diverse Communities
The Media
The Media, ACORN, and Presidential Politics
Pressuring Alcohol Companies to Reform Marketing Practices
The Reel Girls Project: Self, Image, Adolescence, and Filmmaking
The Internet as a Leveler Between Advantaged and Disadvantaged Communities
Health
Teen Pregnancy Prevention
Doing God's Work and Doing Good Work(s): Unique Challenges to Evaluation Research in Ministry Settings
Feast on the Southeast: Creating a Sustainable Local Food System in Southeastern North Carolina
Sidebar: Doing Public Sociology
Challenging Discrimination Against Women, Minorities, and the Sick in Health Insurance
Tobacco Use Prevention in Montana's Frontier Communities: Developing New Rural Strategies
Crime, Reducing Violence, and Promoting Justice
Forty Years of Codifying and Mapping Homicides in Chicago: Impacts on Policing, Research, and Community Well-Being
Racial Disparities in Criminal Justice in Wisconsin: Analysis, Graphs, and Engagement
The Role of Relationship Building in Research Partnerships
Sidebar: The Process of Partnering Is as Essential as the Final Product
Hate Crime Motivation: The Practical Consequences of an Offender Typology
Community Organizing
Cultivating Public Sociology From the Classroom: The Case of a Student-Organized Tenants Union
Sidebar: The Power of Community Organizing
The Unity of Theory and Practice: The U.S. Social Forum and Movement Building for Social Transformation
When the Community Leads
The "Third Place" Project
Conclusion: The Case for the New, Engaged 21st-century Scholarship
Index
About the Editors
About the Contributors

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