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.