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Do We Need a Public Sociology?: It Depends on What You Mean by Sociology

Lynn Smith-Lovin

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/9780520251373.003.0008
Do We Need a Public Sociology?: It Depends on What You Mean by Sociology

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This chapter expresses concern that public sociology will undermine the core task of professional sociology, that of cumulating knowledge for its own sake. While it has no objection to urging individual sociologists to become involved in civic life, it strongly opposes embracing value-laden activity within the disciplinary structure itself. Universities and the disciplines within them are not and probably cannot be hermetically sealed from the outside world. But given that, universities and disciplines should attempt to shield scholars from outside pressures of granting agencies as well as political movements.

Keywords: social psychology; civic life; political movements; granting agencies

Chapter.  4636 words. 

Subjects: Comparative and Historical Sociology

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