Public Sociology

Public sociology refers to an approach to the discipline which seeks to transcend the academy in order to engage with wider audiences. It is perhaps best understood as a style of sociology rather than a particular method, theory, or set of political values. Michael Burawoy contrasted it with professional sociology, a form of academic sociology that is concerned primarily with addressing other professional sociologists.

Burawoy and other promoters of public sociology have sought to encourage the discipline to engage in explicitly public and political ways with issues stimulated by debates over public policy, political activism, the purposes of social movements, and the institutions of civil society. If there has been a "movement" associated with public sociology, then, it is one that has sought to revitalize the discipline of sociology by leveraging its empirical methods and theoretical insights to engage in debates not just about what is or what has been in society, but about what society might yet be. Thus, many versions of public sociology have had an undeniably normative and political character—a fact that has led a significant number of sociologists to oppose the approach.

Read more about Public Sociology:  History, Public Sociology Today, The Future of Public Sociology, Criticism, Applied Sociology

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Michael Burawoy - Biography
... student at the University of Chicago, finishing a sociology dissertation with an ethnography of Chicago industrial workers, later to become Manufacturing Consent ... at his own place of work- the university- to consider the way sociology is taught to students and how it is put into the public domain ... His work on public sociology is most prominently shown in his presidential address to the American Sociological Association in 2004, where he divides sociology into ...
Michael Burawoy - Selected Works - Articles
... The Critical Study of Work (Philadelphia Temple University Press.) “Neoclassical Sociology From the End of Communism to the End of Classes.” American Journal of ... of Reflexive Ethnography.” American Sociological Review 68(5) 645-679, 2003 “Public Sociology South African Dilemmas in a Global Context.” Society in Transition 35(1) 11 ... ed.) Enriching the Sociological Imagination How Radical Sociology Changed the Discipline, New York, 2004 “The World Needs Public Sociology.” Sosiologisk tidsskrift 12(3 ...

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