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Public Sociology: Fifteen Eminent Sociologists Debate Politics and the Profession in the Twenty-first Century

Dan Clawson


In 2004, Michael Burawoy, speaking as president of the American Sociological Association, generated far-reaching controversy when he issued an ambitious and impassioned call for a “public sociology.” Burawoy argued that sociology should speak beyond the university, engaging with social movements and deepening an understanding of the historical and social context in which they exist. In this book, renowned sociologists come together to debate the perils and the potentials of Burawoy's challenge.

Keywords: Michael Burawoy, American Sociological Association, public sociology, sociology, university, social movements, historical context, social content, ASA president, controversy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780520251373
Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520251373.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Dan Clawson, editor

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Robert Zussman, and Joya Misra

For Public Sociology

Michael Burawoy

Institutionalizing Public Sociology

Politics and the Profession

Speaking to Publics

William Julius Wilson

The Strength of Weak Politics

Douglas S. Massey

False Distinctions: Conceptual Reservations

About Public Sociology

Orlando Patterson

For Humanist Sociology

Andrew Abbott


A Journalist’s Plea

Barbara Ehrenreich