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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.

Crossing Boundaries in 21st-Century Research: Sharing Knowledge and Collaborating Between University and Community
Crossing boundaries in 21st-century research: Sharing knowledge and collaborating between university and community

Challenging established ways of doing things and questioning individuals in decision-making positions is not easy. It often creates opposition and sometimes can make life uncomfortable for university faculty or students. However, universities and scientific disciplines have been built on the premise that existing knowledge must be continually challenged with new ideas and new findings. Even though most academic colleagues agree with this intellectual premise, practicing what we preach (or teach) is not always so easy. A faculty member who has invested a career in researching and writing on a particular substantive area may not take kindly to new ideas critiquing ...

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