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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.

Case Studies 8. Community Organizing
Case studies 8. Community organizing

Community organizing represents the collective effort by a group of people with shared interests to resist change in some cases or, more often, to bring about positive changes. When the powerless come together they create a powerful force in society. Sociologists have studied many aspects of community organizing, from identifying who is involved and why they are involved to uncovering the strategies and identifying goals of community organizers. In his call for a renewed commitment to public sociology, Michael Burawoy suggested that the fate of the discipline lies in forging a strong relationship to vibrant reform groups, activist organizations, and social movements. The case studies in this section profile contemporary sociologists whose work speaks to this ...

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