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 1. Equitable Community Development

Case studies 1. Equitable community development

One consequence of urban growth and development in the second half of the 20th century has been significant inequalities within cities and metropolitan areas. Investments in some urban and suburban communities were matched by disinvestment in others. Social science research has documented that this disinvestment is linked to a host of social problems and that disinvested communities have few resources with which to address these problems. Within this context, public sociologists, often with the help of local universities, are able to work with residents of disinvested communities to find solutions, as the case studies in this first section demonstrate.

Similar to many other regions around the country, the uneven development of affordable housing, combined with ...

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