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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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Going Public: Doing the Sociology That Had No Name

Going Public: Doing the Sociology That Had No Name

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(p.101) Going Public: Doing the Sociology That Had No Name
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Public Sociology
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Patricia Hill Collins

Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520251373.003.0006

Identifying with public sociology, this chapter notes that those “who are most likely to commit to public sociology have had experiences that provide them with a distinctive view of social inequality.” While sociologists should continue to practice public sociology, it can be worrying whether institutionalizing public sociology will simply foster a kind of sociological ghettoization, primarily because those who gravitate toward public sociology may already hold subordinate status within the discipline itself. At a moment when anything associated with the “public” has given ground to massive efforts at privatization, naming public sociology may merely install a permanent and recognizable underclass within sociology, burdened with a stigmatized term.

Keywords:   social inequality, privatization, public sociology, subordinate status

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