Public Sociology
Public Sociology

Michael Burawoy has helped to reshape the theory and practice of sociology across the Western world. <i>Public Sociology</i> is his most thoroughgoing attempt to explore what a truly committed, engaged sociology should look like in the twenty-first century.

Burawoy looks back on the defining moments of his intellectual journey, exploring his pivotal early experiences as a researcher, such as his fieldwork in a Zambian copper mine and a Chicago factory. He recounts his time as a graduate and professor during the ideological ferment in sociology departments of the 1970s, and explores how his experiences intersected with a changing political and intellectual world up to the present. Recalling Max Weber, Burawoy argues that sociology is much more than just a discipline – it is a vocation, to be practiced everywhere and by everyone.

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  • November 2021
  • 232 pages
  • 140 x 219 mm / 6 x 9 in
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Introduction – The Promise of Sociology

Part One: Theory and Practice

1. Theory: Utopia and Anti-Utopia

2. Practice: The (Di)vision of Sociological Labor

Part Two: Policy Sociology

3. The Language Question in University Education

4. Job Evaluation in a Racial Order

Part Three: Public Sociology

5. The Color of Class

6. Student Rebellion

Part Four: Critical Sociology

7. Race, Class and Colonialism

8. Migrant Labor and the State

9. Manufacturing Consent

10.  Racial Capitalism

Part Five: Professional Sociology

11. Advancing a Research Program

12. Painting Socialism

13. The Great Involution

Part Six: Real Utopias

14. Third-Wave Marketization

15. Whither the Public University?

16. Living Theory

Conclusion: Biography Meets History



About the Author
Michael Burawoy is a professor at the University of California, Berkeley.
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“Michael Burawoy has written a fascinating intellectual autobiography, reconstructing the sociological canon along the way. This is a powerful call for sociology to recover its public mission.”
Edward Webster, University of the Witwatersrand

“Behind Michael Burawoy’s inspirational new book lies his extraordinary experiences alongside, and research into, the  lives of workers in Zambia, Hungary, Russia, and Chicago. At each stop in his journey, he asks: What is this worker’s life like? And how could it be? This is such a welcome and important book – read it and pass it on.”
Arlie Hochschild, author of Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right

“Michael Burawoy argues for a sociology that encourages and informs critical public discussions on the preservation of our society. His illuminating personal trajectory, used as an object of analysis and placed in a wider social context, is a must-read.”
William Julius Wilson, Harvard University

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