Handbook of Public Sociology

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Vincent Jeffries
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Jul 16, 2009 - Social Science - 464 pages
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Public sociology—an approach to sociology that aims to communicate with and actively engage wider audiences—has been one of the most widely discussed topics in the discipline in recent years. The Handbook of Public Sociology presents a comprehensive look at every facet of public sociology in theory and practice. It pays particular attention to how public sociology can complement more traditional types of sociological practice to advance both the analytical power of the discipline and its ability to benefit society. The volume features contributions from a stellar list of authors, including several past presidents of the American Sociological Association such as Michael Burawoy, a leading proponent of public sociology.

The first two sections of the Handbook of Public Sociology look at public sociology in relation to the other three types of practice—professional, policy, and critical—with an emphasis on integrating the four types into a holistic model of theory and practice. Subsequent sections focus on issues like teaching public sociology at various levels, case studies in the application of public sociology, and the role of public sociology in special fields in the discipline. The concluding chapter by Michael Burawoy, a past president of the American Sociological Association and a leading proponent of public sociology, addresses current debates surrounding public sociology and presents a constructive vision for the future that embraces and improves upon all four types of sociology.

The Handbook of Public Sociology with its examination not only of public sociology but also of how it can enhance and complement other types of practice, transcends differences in the field and will appeal to a wide range of academics, students, and practitioners.
 

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Contents

Toward a Holistic Sociology
1
Part I EXPLORING AND ELABORATING THE HOLISTIC MODEL
25
A Conversation of Ideas
27
A PostEmpiricist Reconstruction
47
Chapter 04 Social Justice and Critical Public Sociology
71
The Possible the Probable and the Preferable
89
The Exemplar of Pitirim A Sorokins Social Thought
107
Part II ESTABLISHING AND PERFECTING THE MODEL
121
The Baigou Project in China
245
Indigenous Nations Dialogue and Change
263
A Reflection on Experiences in Wisconsin
281
An Integrated Public and Professional Project
299
Pitfalls on the Pathway to a Public Sociology
319
Part V SPECIAL FIELDS AND PUBLIC SOCIOLOGY
339
Chapter 19 Engaged Social Movement Scholarship
341
Chapter 20 Public Sociology and Universal Human Rights
357

Some Needed Disciplinary Changes for Creating Public Sociology
123
Chapter 08 Some Suggested Standards for Distinguishing between Good and Bad Public Sociology
135
Accountability through Accessibility Dialogue and Relevance
151
The Challenge for Public Sociology
171
Part III TEACHING AND PUBLIC SOCIOLOGY
185
Problems and Prospects for the High School Course
187
Chapter 12 Teaching and Public Sociology
205
CASE STUDIES
223
Returning Research to Convicted Survivors
225
Chapter 21 Altruism Apology Forgiveness and Reconciliation as Public Sociology
375
Recovering the Political
391
Some Considerations
409
Sociological Practice and Challenge
429
Part VI FUTURE DIRECTIONS
447
Chapter 25 The Public Sociology Wars
449
Index
475
About the Contributors
491
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Vincent Jeffries is professor of sociology at California State University, Northridge.

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