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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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Public Sociology and the End of Society

Public Sociology and the End of Society

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(p.66) (p.67) Public Sociology and the End of Society
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Public Sociology
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Alain Touraine

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520251373.003.0003

Writing from the perspective of French sociology, this chapter holds that public sociology is in no sense peripheral to the sociological enterprise but is central to the theoretical and practical restoration of agency within the discipline. It approaches public sociology from the standpoint of an outsider to American sociology but accepts Michael Burawoy's main arguments. The chapter argues that the main task of public sociology is to study the “actors who try to link the global economy with specific cultures.” As a result, public sociology occupies the central place in sociology in its search for actors. Public sociology, is in fact reshaping professional sociology, pushing it in the direction of studying institutions in order to defend individuals and groups against dominant forces.

Keywords:   French sociology, public sociology, Michael Burawoy, American sociology, professional sociology

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