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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.

Case Studies 3. Regional Research and Data Collection to Enhance Public Knowledge
Case studies 3. Regional research and data collection to enhance public knowledge

Have you ever read a research article and found it difficult to follow? Students often ask, “Why is there so much jargon? Why is this so difficult to comprehend?” Public sociologists are particularly good at breaking down research so that it makes sense to the general public; they are skilled at peeling back the layers of academic jargon while preserving essential sociological analysis, ensuring that their research is understood and made accessible. In this section, five public sociologists share how their research enhances public knowledge by helping communities, policy makers, and local, regional, and state governments make use of sociological data and ...

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