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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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If I Were the Goddess of Sociological Things

If I Were the Goddess of Sociological Things

(p.91) If I Were the Goddess of Sociological Things
Public Sociology

Judith Stacey

University of California Press

Considering policies and practices in graduate admissions and curriculum; in hiring, teaching, assessment, and reward structures for faculty; and in the rhetoric and culture of sociological writing and discourse, this chapter offers a series of “not-so-modest proposals.” it explores what the departments would look like if people tried, as Burawoy advocates, to reconstruct sociology as a global discipline and constructed a field that allowed sociologists to realize their frustrated aspirations for public sociology. If proposals for internationalizing sociology are modest, the suggestions for reforming graduate education would involve nothing less than “a daunting, countercultural mission both within the discipline and far beyond.” It is little wonder that the prospect of public sociology makes some sociologists very nervous.

Keywords:   graduate admissions, public sociology, Michael Burawoy, internationalizing sociology

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