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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.

Career Guide for Public Sociologists
Career guide for public sociologists
With RobertaSpalter-Roth and SusanAmbler

Throughout the history of sociology, as a profession and as a discipline in the United States, sociologists have done public sociology and applied research as well as worked in courts, health and welfare organizations, social policy-oriented foundations, marketing firms, and government agencies. Despite this, the career model and career training for sociologists has almost exclusively been geared toward traditional academic work. As Michael Burawoy (2005), a former president of the American Sociological Association (ASA), put it, “There is one dominant career model in sociology (as well as in other social sciences)—consisting of standardized courses, regimented careers, intensive examination, the lonely dissertation, and the refereed publications—all captured on the all-powerful CV” (p. 5).

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