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Making Sociology Matter Beyond the Academic Journal

Watch the panel discussion from The Sociological Review/Discover Society session at the European Sociology Association Conference in August 2019.

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Beyond Car Park Sociology: Recovering the Roots of Public Sociology

By Steve Fuller In 2006, John Holmwood and Sue Scott announced a special issue of the British Sociological Association journal Sociology devoted to ‘Sociology and Its Public Face(s)’. This was in the wake of Michael Burawoy’s 2004 presidential address to the American Sociological Association on the need for ‘public sociology’. I drafted a several hundred word piece […]

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The Practice of Public Sociology: Common Practice or Wishful Thinking?

By Lambros Fatsis Public sociology has established itself firmly as a buzzword that frequently slips from sociologists’ lips, especially since Michael Burawoy popularised, but did not coin, the term in his 2004 presidential address to the American Sociological Association’s annual meeting in San Francisco. Indeed, a lot of “us” would consider ourselves passionate advocates, if not active practitioners, […]

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The Practice of Public Sociology

Time: 9:30am – 6:00pm, Thursday 24th November, 2016 Location: Manchester, UK For over a decade public sociology has been a mainstream topic of discussion within the discipline. While practiced prior to the 2004 address by Michael Burawoy to the American Sociological Association, its identification and elaboration on an intellectual level was crucial to its popularisation. But is […]

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