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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.

Conclusion: The Case for the New, Engaged 21st-Century Scholarship
Conclusion: The case for the new, engaged 21st-century scholarship

Throughout this book we have emphasized the variety of ways in which sociology “gets into play,” taking sociology beyond the academy and to various publics. The case studies in this book provide rich examples of sociologists engaged with community partners in using the tools of the discipline to bring about social change.

Of course, this type of sociological praxis is not new—indeed it is the very foundation of American sociology and has been, and continues to be, widely practiced. Nevertheless, there has been a very real shift toward the hyper-professionalism of American sociology today that sets the standard for what is considered mainstream and marginal (Burawoy, 2004). We have ...

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