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For Public Sociology

Michael Burawoy

in Public Sociology

Published by University of California Press

Published in print June 2007 | ISBN: 9780520251373
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520940758 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520251373.003.0002
For Public Sociology

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In its beginning sociology aspired to be such an angel of history, searching for order in the broken fragments of modernity, seeking to salvage the promise of progress. The 2004 ASA annual meetings, devoted to the theme of public sociologies, broke all records for attendance and participation and did so by a considerable margin. This chapter presents eleven theses related to public sociology. It begins with the reasons for the appeal of public sociologies today, turning to their multiplicity and their relation to the discipline as a whole—the discipline being understood both as a division of labor and as a field of power. It examines the matrix of professional, policy, public, and critical sociologies as it varies historically and among countries, comparing sociology with other disciplines, before finally turning to what makes sociology so special, not just as a science but as a moral and political force.

Keywords: public sociologies; division of labor; critical sociology; ASA; political force

Chapter.  16666 words. 

Subjects: Comparative and Historical Sociology

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