Going Public: Doing the Sociology That Had No Name

Patricia Hill Collins

in Public Sociology

Published by University of California Press

Published in print June 2007 | ISBN: 9780520251373
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520940758 | DOI:
Going Public: Doing the Sociology That Had No Name

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Identifying with public sociology, this chapter notes that those “who are most likely to commit to public sociology have had experiences that provide them with a distinctive view of social inequality.” While sociologists should continue to practice public sociology, it can be worrying whether institutionalizing public sociology will simply foster a kind of sociological ghettoization, primarily because those who gravitate toward public sociology may already hold subordinate status within the discipline itself. At a moment when anything associated with the “public” has given ground to massive efforts at privatization, naming public sociology may merely install a permanent and recognizable underclass within sociology, burdened with a stigmatized term.

Keywords: social inequality; privatization; public sociology; subordinate status

Chapter.  4987 words. 

Subjects: Comparative and Historical Sociology

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