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


The Question of Relevance For both academic and public concern, all professions, scientific and otherwise, should question their relevance.  Sociologists, along with other fellow scientists should as good practice be critical of their profession and individual work.  Meanwhile it is important to also address the relevance that a field of study has to the public… Read More


Blog I: Introduction to Public Sociology Public Sociology? Public sociology, by definition can be described as a sociology that engages diverse publics, expanding beyond universities, where dialogues with publics are ongoing with regard to fundamental values (Zussman; Misra, 2007). Further, public sociology deals with a shift from traditional sociological methods of inquiry and application to… Read More


Hello Team, my name is Benjamin Meyers.  Public Sociology from my understanding is an application based methodology within the scope of sociology, where academic understanding is applied to real world social phenomena through engaging with non-academic audiences.  Leaving the confines of academic study and research, Public Sociology “hits the streets” and allows sociologists to make… Read More


Habitus Blog:  Week 10 Habitus, formulated by sociologist Pierre Bourdieu describes how individuals view and experience their world, both intrinsically and externally through their environment and upbringing- “Yet Bourdieu goes to great lengths to demonstrate that individuals do not create their dispositions—rather, they acquire them” ((Appelrouth, Edles, 2016, pp. 420).  Essentially, habitus says that individuals… Read More


Durkheim and Functionalism Emile Durkheim, the Father of Sociology and the founder of Functionalism, was a firm believer in how society shapes individuals by creating a system of norms and values.  Durkheim would describe the guided norms and values as social facts, or aspects of society created through societal evolution.  These social facts are “sui… Read More


The video regarding Rational Choice Theory and Exchange Theory was an effective way of communicating the basics of each.  When annotating I found it easy to structure my notes based upon the visual presentation and concise content delivery.  I borrowed the lead of the video in creating two categories, one Rational Choice Theory, the other… Read More


My first semester as a graduate student in VCU’s MS in Sociology program included SOCY 601, Sociological Research Methods and SOCY 691, The Sociology of Nutrition.  SOCY 601 provided unique challenges for me since I had limited research experience from my undergraduate studies.  I found the course valuable in providing a comprehensive overview of the… Read More


Summary of Research Proposal Research Topic I am conducted a research project on the levels of health food affordability and corresponding levels of food insecurity.  My research project has an exploratory focus, with an inductive approach, and my ultimate goal is to properly implement my mixed methods approach to go full circle in research design… Read More