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.

Starting Up and Sustaining Public Sociology Projects

Starting up and sustaining public sociology projects

While we recognize that there is a broad variety of public sociology projects, we present here a basic guide for students, faculty, and community partners focusing on developing and sustaining public sociology projects. Public sociology can include anything from working with an environmental group to identify health problems in a local community to working with local government to develop strategies to attract more private employers to their city. While we touch on all kinds of public sociology, our focus here is on research (original and translational) and collaborative researcher–practitioner/activist activities that fit comfortably under Burawoy's “organic sociology” category. We use our own experience in organizing and doing public sociology and also draw ...

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