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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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A Journalist’s Plea

A Journalist’s Plea

(p.231) A Journalist’s Plea
Public Sociology

Barbara Ehrenreich

University of California Press

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

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