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The Routledge International Handbook of Public Sociology

Edited By Leslie Hossfeld, E. Brooke Kelly, Cassius Hossfeld Copyright 2021
    366 Pages 8 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    366 Pages 8 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

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    This book brings together the work of public sociologists from across the globe to illuminate possibilities for the practice of public sociology and the potential for international exchange in the field. In addition to sections devoted to the history, theory, methodology and possible future of public sociology, it offers a series of concrete case studies of public sociology practice from experienced scholars and practitioners, addressing core themes including the role of students in public sociology, the production of knowledge by communities and the sharing of knowledge with a view to having an influence on policy. Presenting research that is truly global in scope, The Routledge International Handbook of Public Sociology provides readers with the opportunity to consider the possibilities that exist for international collaboration in their work and reflect on future directions. As such, it will appeal to scholars across the social sciences with interests in research with public impact.

    Section I: Introduction – Brief History of "Public Sociology"

    1. Framing Public Sociology – The American Lens

    Leslie Hossfeld

    Section II: Theoretical Frames

    2. Going Public with Polanyi in the Era of Trump

    Michael Burawoy

    3. Toward A Critical Public Sociology

    Joe Feagin

    4. The Missing Chapter in Publications of Relevant Empirical Studies Concerning Public Sociology from Now On [with some Examples from the Israeli Experience]

    Aaron Ellor 

    5. From Public Sociology to Collective Knowledge-Production

    Youyenn Teo 

    Section III: Methodological Choices in Public Sociology6. Collaborating then Stepping Back: Doing Public Sociology through Participatory Action Research

    Jennifer E. Cossyleon and Gina Spitz 

    7. Methodological Considerations in Doing Public Sociology in Undergraduate Courses 

    Jennifer Vanderminden and Julia Waity 

    8. Needs Assessment as Community Research Project

    Augie Diana

    9. Building Connections and Broadening Horizons through Interdisciplinary Public Sociology

    Catherine Mobley

    Section IV: Case Studies in Public Sociology

    10. The Healthy Dearborn Coalition: An Interdisciplinary, Continuing Collaboration between University, Health, Government and Community in Southeast Michigan 

    Carmel E. Price, Paul Draus, Rose Wellman, Sara Gleicher, Hala Alazzawi, Kathleen Pepin, David Norwood, and Natalie R. Sampson 

    11. Social Construction of Public Sociology: A Case Study of Deliberative Democracy Engagement in Taiwan 

    Dung-sheng Chen 

    12. Serving as Ambassadors of Hope: A Case Study in Public Sociology as Community-Based Research and Engagement 

    Carrie Lee Smith and Mary Hendricks Glazier 

    13. Engaging in Public Sociology: The Philippine’ Case

    Phoebe Zoe Maria U. Sanchez 

    14. Peasant Mobilizations in India: Intersecting Class, Ethnicity and Nationality Questions

    Debal SinghaRoy

    15. David vs. Goliath: Using Herbert Gans’ Model to Explain How a Campaign to Save Nine Lambs Became Public Sociology

    Kimberly Ducey

    Section V: Students as Knowledge Producers

    16. ‘First Publics’ as Knowledge Producers: Integrating Students into Organic Public Sociology

    Miriam Greenberg, Rebecca London, and Steve McKay 

    17. Following the Chicago School: Engaging College and University Students in a Public Sociology Gentrified Neighborhood Program

    Leonard Steverson and Jennifer Melvin 

    18. The Virtue of Teaching Public Sociology in the Neo-liberal University

    Michael Fallon and Martin Tolich 

    19. Centering Social Justice in Public Sociology: Lessons from the Undocumented Student Equity Project 

    Laura E. Enriquez and Martha Morales Hernandez 

    Section VI: Community as Knowledge Producer

    20. The Everyday Sociological Imagination: Co-creating New Knowledge through Story and Radio

    Amanda Lequieu 

    21. Lessons from the Field: Helping Victim-Services Community Organizations Produce Knowledge

    Heather Parrot and Colby Valentine

    22. Victims' Communities as Knowledge Producers in Transitional Justice Processes: The Case of Post-conflict Colombia

    Camilo Tamayo Gomez

    Section VII: Sharing Knowledge toward Public Impact

    23. Everyday Public Sociology 

    Colby King, Angie Harris, Todd Schoepflin, Karen Sternheimer, and Jonathan Wynn 

    24. Public Sociology and Worker Education: The Story of the Global Labour University in South Africa 

    Michelle Williams and Edward Webster 

    Section VIII: Conclusion

    25. Looking Toward the Future: Insights from International Perspectives on Public Sociology

    Brooke Kelly


    Leslie Hossfeld is Professor of Sociology and Dean of the College of Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences at Clemson University, USA, and the co-editor of Food and Poverty: Food Insecurity and Food Sovereignty among America’s Poor.

    E. Brooke Kelly is Professor of Sociology and Assistant Chair of Sociology and Criminal Justice at the University of North Carolina Pembroke, USA, and the co-editor of Food and Poverty: Food Insecurity and Food Sovereignty among America’s Poor.

    Cassius Hossfeld is completing graduate studies at Clemson University, USA.