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Public SociologyFifteen Eminent Sociologists Debate Politics and the Profession in the Twenty-first Century$
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Dan Clawson

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780520251373

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520251373.001.0001

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From Public Sociology to Politicized Sociologist

From Public Sociology to Politicized Sociologist

(p.158) From Public Sociology to Politicized Sociologist
Public Sociology

Frances Fox Piven

University of California Press

This chapter deals with what kind of politics public sociology will encourage. It suggests a politicized sociology that is unashamed of the Left. The problem is not too little influence in the Washington Beltway, but that the Beltway exercises too much influence inside of sociology. Rather than providing protection against a politicized public sociology, the chapter sees the university as a protection against powerful political forces that have gathered on the right. Given the choices, the chapter notes that if public sociology is to thrive, people have to recognize not one public but many publics, and once they acknowledge the sharp divisions in society, they have to decide which publics to work with.

Keywords:   Washington Beltway, politicized sociology, public sociology, university, Left

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