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This timely resource, written by a team of authors who are working at the forefront of the public sociology movement, provides a contemporary analysis of public sociology. The book highlights a variety of ways in which sociology brings about social change in community settings, assists nonprofit and social service organizations in their work, and influences policy at the local, regional, and national levels. The book also spotlights sociology that informs the general public on key policy issues through media and creates research centers that develop and carry out collaborative research.

Public Scholarship, the Sociological Imagination, and Engaged Scholarship
Public scholarship, the sociological imagination, and engaged scholarship

The purpose of this book is to highlight the variety of ways in which sociology “gets into play,” bringing about social change in community settings, assisting nonprofit or social service organizations in their work, influencing local, regional, or national policy, informing the general public on key policy issues through media publications or visibility, and creating research centers that develop and carry out collaborative research involving both researchers and practitioners in all facets of the research process. When sociologists are actively engaged with audiences outside of academia in identifying issues, researching those issues, and disseminating results, the process of connecting sociology to those publics is most obvious.

Defining Public Sociology

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