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If I Were the Goddess of Sociological Things

Judith Stacey

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/9780520251373.003.0005
If I Were the Goddess of Sociological Things

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Considering policies and practices in graduate admissions and curriculum; in hiring, teaching, assessment, and reward structures for faculty; and in the rhetoric and culture of sociological writing and discourse, this chapter offers a series of “not-so-modest proposals.” it explores what the departments would look like if people tried, as Burawoy advocates, to reconstruct sociology as a global discipline and constructed a field that allowed sociologists to realize their frustrated aspirations for public sociology. If proposals for internationalizing sociology are modest, the suggestions for reforming graduate education would involve nothing less than “a daunting, countercultural mission both within the discipline and far beyond.” It is little wonder that the prospect of public sociology makes some sociologists very nervous.

Keywords: graduate admissions; public sociology; Michael Burawoy; internationalizing sociology

Chapter.  3545 words. 

Subjects: Comparative and Historical Sociology

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