9781412982634

Public Sociology : Research, Action, and Change

  • ISBN 13:

    9781412982634

  • ISBN 10:

    1412982634

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 05/04/2011
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications, Inc

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Summary

This book highlights the 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. It 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. The book details a broad range of sociology projects. The 33 case studies are divided into 8 sections. Each section also includes sidebars of include non-sociologists writing about the impact of selected research projects. In some cases these are interdisciplinary projects since solutions to social problems are often multifaceted and do not fit into the disciplines as defined by universities. Further, it emphasizes actions and connections. This is not armchair sociology where self-proclaimed public sociologists just write articles suggesting what government, corporations, communities, or others #xE2;#xAC;Sought to do.#xE2;#xAC; The authors are interested in the active connections to publics and users of the research, not the passive research process.

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