Public Sociology In reflecting on this course in public sociology I found most interesting the dynamic nature of sociology, most especially the hierarchy of sociology and the relationships between these divisions of labor.  Readings from Public Sociology highlighted the opinions of many prominent sociologists.  The sharing of opinions from sociologists such as Patricia Hill Collins,… Read More        … Read More

The Sociology of an Economic Society Public Policy-How Do We Create “Rules”? The term policy is ubiquitous within societies.  Policies shape a large portion of how our society functions.  Policies determine for many people the opportunities available and influence their actions, most evident in class based systems.  In a capitalist economy a large part of… Read More

  Introduction- Public Sociology Public sociology is a sub-discipline of sociology along with three other disciplines-critical sociology, policy sociology, and professional sociology.  Public sociology, highlighted recently from Michael Burawoy’s presidential address to the ASA, is primarily responsible for leading sociologists to greater engagement with public audiences and less time in their professional networks.  Public sociology… Read More Research or Represent Can an academic, searching for their place in a professional community, with all of their concerns and responsibilities also represent themselves as influential activist?  How can one engage in professional research, produce journals and texts, maintain their academic reputation and appearance, as well take part in activism ranging from protests… Read More

Introduction Blogging is an internet reliant communication tool with a varied audience of users, ranging from recreational bloggers to scientists and working professionals.  As an internet form of communication, bloggers can reach a diversity of users with much less effort, limited only by the size and scope of their network(s).  Blogs by their nature are… Read More

Burawoy’s Public Sociology Michael Burawoy can be considered the official founder, or “father” of the defined field of public sociology.  Central to Burawoy’s support and argument for implementation of public sociology is a transition of sociology, as stated by Zussman and Misra (2007), “Burawoy issued an impassioned call for a revitalization of sociology in a… Read More

Barbara Ehrenreich Barbara Ehrenreich, a novelist and journalist is not by formal education or practice a sociologist but the work Barbara has done and continues to do can categorize her as an unofficial public sociologist.  As a journalist, Barbara is involved in reaching more public audiences than academic audiences, a central component of effective public… Read More

Michael Burawoy Michael Burawoy,  founder of the officially defined field of public sociology has been a public sociologist throughout his career as a sociologist.  One of Burawoy’s contributions to public sociology is his role as a professor at the University of California, Berkley.  As a professor, sociologists assume the role of a public sociologist, where… Read More

Patricia Hill Collins        Patricia Hill Collins is a sociology professor at the University of Maryland, College Park.  Among other titles she can claim is her inclusion as a public sociologist.  Achieving honors in many dimensions of sociology she also holds the distinguished title of the 100th president of the ASA, of which she is the… Read More