Socy691 – Week 14 blog #8

For the last week’s assignment, we are presented with two differing visions for the future of public sociology. Michael Burawoy, in his piece The Field of Sociology, essentially distilled the historical forces that have crafted the discipline writ large and argues for the utility of public sociology. Understanding that the discipline emerged with the rise […]

Socy691 – Week 12 Blog #7

This week, we broach interdisciplinary foci vis-à-vis public sociology. Evelyn Glenn, in her piece, The Subaltern Speaks, but Who is Listening?, indicts, and rightly so, the extent to which Michael Burawoy was able to chart a so-called “grand map” of the sociological field due to his combined privilege as a 1) white, 2) male, 3) … Continue reading Socy691 – Week 12 Blog #7

SOCY691 – Public Sociology Wikipedia page suggestions

The 3 suggestions I have for the Public Sociology Wikipedia page are: Edit the first sentence. Instead of, “Public sociology refers to an approach to the discipline which seeks to transcend the academy in order to engage with wider audiences,” I believe it should read, “Public Sociology in a subfield of the wider sociological discipline that was popularized by University of … Continue reading SOCY691 – Public Sociology Wikipedia page suggestions

SOCY691 – WEEK 11 BLOG #6

For this week’s assignment, we are to examine unresolved distinctions in relation to public sociology and consider how these readings connect to previous readings. Immanuel Wallerstein begins his piece, entitled The Sociologist and the Public Sphere, claiming that the debate about the appropriate role for sociologists and other intellectuals in the public setting, “is perpetual, … Continue reading SOCY691 – WEEK 11 BLOG #6

SOCY691 – WEEK 10 BLOG #5

For this week’s readings, we are asked to consider how sociological knowledge and/or insight was or could have been beneficial. To me, the central theme for this week’s readings revolves around the notion of deviance, from the individual level to the policy level. I found Adam Gopnik’s piece on Howard Becker the most thought-provoking of … Continue reading SOCY691 – WEEK 10 BLOG #5

SOCY691 – WEEK 7 BLOG #4

For this week’s assignment, we are called on to consider what it means to speak to multiple “publics” and who said “publics” are, when speaking in the realm of public sociology. William Julius Wilson, in his chapter, entitled Speaking to Publics (Clawson 2007, pgs. 117-123), points to the necessity of clear, lucid writing that can … Continue reading SOCY691 – WEEK 7 BLOG #4

SOCY691 – WEEK 7 BLOG #4

For this week’s assignment, we are called on to consider what it means to speak to multiple “publics” and who said “publics” are, when speaking in the realm of public sociology. William Julius Wilson, in his chapter, entitled Speaking to Publics (Clawson 2007, pgs. 117-123), points to the necessity of clear, lucid writing that can … Continue reading SOCY691 – WEEK 7 BLOG #4

David Simon & President Barack Obama on The Wire, The Drug War and Mass Incarceration

David Simon, creator of HBO’s “The Wire” and “Treme” sits down with President Barack Obama to discuss how “The Wire” imitates life and public policy in America, the impacts that the Drug War has had on minority communities and those who police them, and what can be done to reverse the tide. “There is an … Continue reading David Simon & President Barack Obama on The Wire, The Drug War and Mass Incarceration

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