Sociologists in Action Sociology, Social Change, and Social Justice

ISBN-10: 1452203113

ISBN-13: 9781452203119

Edition: 2nd 2014

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Sociologists in Action will provide vivid examples of how sociologists are using sociological tools to make a positive impact on our society. In each chapter, four or five public sociologists will describe, in vivid detail, how they have used sociology to understand and influence the world around them. The chapters will cover the key topics in sociology courses and the pieces will bring the subject matter of sociology to life for students, giving them clear examples of the power and usefulness of sociology as they learn the course content. The discussion questions and suggested additional readings and resources at the end of every chapter will provide students the opportunity to delve further into the topics covered and help create full and nuanced discussions, grounded in the ôreal worldö work of public sociologists.Sociologists in Action, will include original, brief, highly readable articles from a wide array of Public Sociologists in Action, describing some of their work that has impacted society. The authors carefully choose sociologists who are using their skills and research on a wide range of issues, and through a wide variety of sociological methods and venues. Each chapter will contain four or five, 3-5 page PSIA pieces that will correspond closely to each of the first 11 chapters in The Engaged Sociologist, discluding the chapters on theory and methods. The majority of the PSIA sections will be written by the PSIAs themselves and carefully edited by Korgen and White. The SIA pieces in The Engaged Sociologist: Public Sociologists in Action will be significantly longer than the one-page SIA boxes in The Engaged Sociologist. This will allow for a deeper exploration of the specific sociological tools being applied as well as the methods and processes leading to critical social change. At the end of each chapter, the authors will include discussion questions that relate the SIA pieces to the topics in the corresponding chapters in The Engaged Sociologist, and provide additional readings and resources on the various topics. The result will be a public sociology reader that can be used in any course, but that will have a particularly strong synergy as a supplement to The Engaged Sociologist. 10% of the proceeds from this book will be donated to Free the Children.
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List price: $43.00
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2014
Publisher: SAGE Publications, Incorporated
Publication date: 3/14/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.166
Language: English

Jonathan M. White , PhD, is director of the Bentley Service Learning Center�and associate professor of sociology at Bentley University in Massachusetts.�His primary areas of specialization are inequality, poverty, globalization,�human rights, and public sociology. Dr. White has received numerous teaching�and humanitarian awards. He is the founding director of Sports for�Hunger, the Hunger Resource Center, and the Halloween for Hunger, We are�Silent, and Pass-the-Fast campaigns. He serves on the board of directors for�Free The Children, Peace Through Youth, Me to We, and the Graduation�Pledge Alliance. Dr. White has authored several articles in the fields of�inequality and globalization. His work on public sociology includes coediting�(with Kathleen Korgen and Shelley White) Sociologists in Action:�Sociology, Social Change, and Social Justice (2014) and Sociologists in�Action on Inequalities: Race, Class, Gender, and Sexuality (2015). He is also currently writing a book titled Hungry to Be Heard: Voices From a Malnourished America . Dr. White lives in Waltham, Massachusetts, with his wife, Shelley, and is the very proud uncle of his 13 nieces and nephews, Jarred, Kyle, Tyler, Arielle, Cameron, Brianna, Mikayla, Joshua, Jack, Logan, Tyler, Joey, and Brookelyn.

Kathleen Odell Korgen, PhD, is Professor of Sociology at William Paterson University in Wayne, New Jersey. Her primary areas of specialization are race relations, racial identity, and public sociology. She has conducted trainings in corporate and campus settings on issues of diversity. Dr. Korgenrsquo;s published work on race relations and racial identity includes Crossing the Racial Divide: Close Friendships Between Black and White Americans (2002) and From Black to Biracial: Transforming Racial Identity Among Americans (1998, 1999). Raised in Massachusetts, Dr. Korgen now lives in Montclair, New Jersey, with her husband, Jeff; daughters Julie and Jessica; and her mother, Patricia.

Shelley K. White , PhD, MPH, is a sociologist and Assistant Professor of Health Sciences and Public Health at Worcester State University. She recently taught in the Sociology Department at Simmons College, where she also coordinated the Simmons World Challenge - an interdisciplinary, student-led learning program which creates actionable solutions to global social justice problems. Shelley's teaching and research focus on health and illness, globalization and development, inequalities, social movements and social justice. She previously worked in HIV/AIDS policy globally and domestically, and serves on the board of directors of Free the Children and SocMed. She is co-editor of Sociologists in Action: Sociology, Social Change, and Social Justice (with Kathleen Odell Korgen and Jonathan White), (2nd Edition, Sage 2013) and her recent publications appear in the Journal of Human Rights Practice; Education, Citizenship and Social Justice; Public Health Reports; and Critical Public Health.

The Sociological Perspective
"Sociology: Promise and Potential Through Praxis"
"Human Rights and the Sociological Imagination: How Sociologists Can Help Make the World a Better Place"
"Stand Up and Speak Out"
"Getting Behind the Headlines and Going Where the Action Is: My Career as A Sociologist in Non-Academic Settings"
Discussion Questions
"Critical Mixed-Race Studies: The Intersections of Identity and Social Justice"
"Doing Sociology: Creating Equal Employment Opportunities"
Laura Nichols, "Using Sociology for College Success"
Discussion Questions
Research Methods
"The Michigan Alcohol and Other Drugs School Survey"
"Using Sociological Skills for Movements to Confront Power: The Genesis of the Research Institute on Social and Economic Policy (RISEP)"
"Positive Deviance Research as a Way to Help People"
Discussion Questions
"Academic as Social Entrepreneur: Creating Organizations for Social Change"
"Excerpt From 'The Diary of a Mad Social Scientist'"
"Youth Culture, Identity, and Resistance: Participatory Action Research in a Puerto Rican Barrio"
Discussion Questions
"Socialization, Stereotypes, and Homelessness"
"Reengaging Activism in the Socialization of Undergraduate Students"
"Dangerous Behaviors? Police Encounters With Juvenile Gang Offenders"
Discussion Questions
Deviant Behavior
"Reducing Hate and Prejudice on Campus: A Sociologist's Contributions"
"Using Evidence-Based Research to Inform Public Policy: Lessons from Hurricane Katrina"
"The Politics of Protest Policing"
"From Damaged Goods to Empowered Patients"
Discussion Questions
Social Movements
"Never Again Must Mean Never"
"Change the World-Start at School"
"A Campus Gun-Free Zone Movement"
"Social Movements and Activist Sociology"
Discussion Questions
Stratification and Social Class
"Housing and Homelessness in Maine: A Case of Public Sociology in Practice"
"Relocating the Homeless-or Not!"
"Sociology Is Action: Using Sociology for Children's Rights"
Discussion Questions
Race and Ethnic Relations
"Bridging the Campus and the Community: Blogging About the Asian American Experience"
"The Responsibilities of Relationships: Using Sociology to Build Meaningful Alliances"
"Putting Sociology to Work in Winnersville, USA"
"Methods of Truth and Reconciliation"
Discussion Questions
Sex, Gender, and Sexuality
"Sex in Some Cities: Explorations of AIDS/HIV Education and Hooking Up"
"A Public Sociology of Gender and Masculinity"
"The Southern West Virginia Photovoice Project: Community Action Through Sociological Research"
"Getting the Message Out"
Discussion Questions
Globalization and Immigration
"Interracial Conflict and Attempts at Reconciliation in Auburn, Maine"
"How Culture Matters in Poverty Alleviation Efforts: Microcredit and Confucian Ideas in Rural China"
"Localizing International Human Rights: Engaging with the World Social Forum Process"
"Informed Debate in a Political Minefield"
"Community-Based Research and Immigrant Rights"
Discussion Questions
Environmental Justice
"Reducing Pesticide Exposure Risks: An Environmental Sociologist's Role"
"Using a Sociological Tool Kit to Make Energy Efficiency Happen"
"Activist Scholarship for Environmental Justice"
"The Sociology of Environmental Justice: Merging Research and Action"
Discussion Questions
Social Institutions (Family, Economy)
"Sociological Advocacy for Children"
"From Hollowing Out the Middle to Reimagining Small Towns"
"'Why Don't We Do Something About It?' Response to Job Loss in Rural Communities"
Discussion Questions
Social Institutions, Continued (Education, Government, Religion)
"A Sociologist as a Social Seismographer: Understanding the Earthquake in Class Inequality in U.S. Higher Education"
Randy Stoecker, and Heather Gates, "Promoting Community Environmental Sustainability Using a Project-Based Approach"
"Using Sociology to Counter Stereotypes: The Case of American Muslims"
"Out of the Tower and Into the Capitol: How Sociology Students Helped Spark the Wisconsin Uprising"
"Democracy Matters: Giving Students a Political Voice"
Discussion Questions
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