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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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Whose Public Sociology?: The Subaltern Speaks, but Who Is Listening?

Whose Public Sociology?: The Subaltern Speaks, but Who Is Listening?

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Public Sociology

Evelyn Nakano Glenn

University of California Press

Burawoy's focus on economics and political science as sociology's main competitors requires a “rhetorical sleight of hand that attributes his disciplinary selection criteria to space limitations” that exclude such fields as geography, history, and psychology. This chapter extends this argument, noting that for many scholars, disciplinary boundaries are counterproductive. It argues that Burawoy's essay is marked by a bias toward looking sideways at peers and upward at superiors, to elaborate on sociology's relation to the “peer” disciplines of economics and political science. The chapter argues that academic sociology professionalized itself by pushing public sociology out of the discipline. It holds that Burawoy's defense of sociology is a defense of privilege, an effort that will reproduce inequalities among disciplines.

Keywords:   economics, political science, Michael Burawoy, academic sociology, geography, history

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