What is Public Sociology?

Sociologist Mike Stout’s lucid rendering of Michael Burrawoy’s call for renewed Public Sociology.

“Is the market solution the only solution? Do we have to abandon the very idea of the university as a “public” good? The interest in a public sociology is, in part, a reaction and a response to the privatization of everything.” (Burawoy, 2005)

According to former American Sociological Association president Michael Burawoy, there are four types of sociology: professional; policy; critical; and public. Each type can be distinguished by asking the questions: “Sociology for whom?” and “Sociology for what?”


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