Public Sociology
Public Sociology

As one of the leading proponents of the view that sociology’s mission must be to engage the world outside of the university, Michael Burawoy has helped to revolutionize the theory and practice of sociology across the western world. <i>Public Sociology</i> is Burawoy’s 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. 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.

Part history of the discipline, part critical intervention, this accessible book will be enjoyed by both experienced sociologists and newcomers.

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  • November 2021
  • 232 pages
  • 138 x 216 mm / 5 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, and former President of both the American Sociological Association and the International Sociological Association. He is a leading proponent of Public Sociology and one of the most highly regarded sociologists of his generation.
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