A Journalist’s Plea

Barbara Ehrenreich

in Public Sociology

Published by University of California Press

Published in print June 2007 | ISBN: 9780520251373
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520940758 | DOI:
A Journalist’s Plea

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This chapter is skeptical about the distinctive contributions of sociology. It argues that sociologists must focus on the problems endemic to modern society. To do so requires reaching out to other disciplines, even at the risk of disrupting boundaries and ceding turf. It makes a case that sociology needs history, psychology, and even biology, asking at least that public sociologists be “willing to go anywhere” in pursuit of answers, even to go boldly, when the questions carry them there, where no social scientist has gone before.

Keywords: sociology; modern society; social scientist; biology; psychology; public sociologists

Chapter.  3224 words. 

Subjects: Comparative and Historical Sociology

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