The idea of public sociology, as introduced by Michael Burawoy, was inspired by the sociological practice in South Africa known as ‘critical engagement’. This volume explores the evolution of critical engagement before and after Burawoy’s visit to South Africa in the 1990s and offers a Southern critique of his model of public sociology.
Involving four generations of researchers from the Global South, the authors provide a multifaceted exploration of the formation of new knowledge through research practices of co-production.
Tracing the historical development of ‘critical engagement’ from a Global South perspective, the book deftly weaves a bridge between the debates on public sociology and decolonial frameworks.
Erich Fromm was one of the most influential and creative public intellectuals of the twentieth century. He was a mentor to David Riesman and an inspiration for the New Left.
As the rise of global right-wing populism and Trumpism creates new interest in the kind of psycho-social writing and popular sociology that Fromm pioneered in the 1930s, this timely book tells the story of the rise, fall and contemporary revival of Fromm’s theories.
Drawing from empirical work, this is an invaluable contribution to popular debates about current politics, the sociology of ideas and the prospect of a truly global public sociology.
Is it possible to tackle waste by recycling, reusing and reducing consumption on an individual level alone?
This provocative book critically analyses the widespread narrative around waste as a ‘household’ issue.
Expert scholar Myra J. Hird uncovers neoliberal capitalism’s fallacy of infinite growth as the real culprit and shows how industry and local governments work in tandem to deflect attention away from the real causes of our global waste crisis.
Hird offers crucial insights on the relations between waste and wider societal issues such as poverty, racism, sexism, Indigeneity, decolonisation and social justice, showcasing how sociology can contribute to a ‘public imagination’ of waste.
At the heart of capitalism lies the idea of “homo economicus”: an ever-rational human being motivated by self-interest which arguably leads societies to economic prosperity.
Drawing on French sociologist Marcel Mauss’ influential theory of “the gift”, Frank Adloff shatters this fallacy to show mutual trust is the only glue that holds societies together; people are giving beings and they can cooperate for the benefit of all when the logic of all when the logic of maximizing personal gain in capitalism is broken.
Acknowledging the role of women, nature and workers in the Global South in transforming society, this book proposes a politics of conviviality, (from Latin con-vivere: living together), for global and environmental justice as an alternative to the pursuit of profit, growth and consumption.
As social media is increasingly becoming a standard feature of sociological practice, this timely book rethinks the role of these mediums in public sociology and what they can contribute to the discipline in the post-COVID world.
It reconsiders the history and current conceptualizations of what sociology is, and analyzes what kinds of social life emerge in and through the interactions between ‘intellectuals’, ‘publics’ and ‘platforms’ of communication.
Cutting across multiple disciplines, this pioneering work envisions a new kind of public sociology that brings together the digital and the physical to create public spaces where critical scholarship and active civic engagement can meet in a mutually reinforcing way.
Introduction This article seeks to acknowledge how disabled people 2 navigate and counter how society makes them feel about their difference. To this end, I introduce two converse yet complementary feeling strategies promoted in Disability Studies: cripping and reclaiming . Cripping invites us to feel proud about disability, whereas reclaiming acknowledges the hurtful feelings that, at times, belong to the disability experience. The following sections will elaborate on what those two feeling strategies do, the utopian hopes attached to them, their major
89 Families, Relationships and Societies • vol 8 • no 1 • 89–104 • © Policy Press 2019 Print ISSN 2046 7435 • Online ISSN 2046 7443 • https://doi.org/10.1332/096278917X15015139344438 Accepted for publication 22 July 2017 • First published online 02 August 2017 article Comparative life experiences: young adult siblings with and without disabilities’ different understandings of their respective life experiences during young adulthood Ariella Meltzer, firstname.lastname@example.org University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia Research shows that siblings of people
or mental disabilities. The diversity of the group provided a rich and interesting variety of relationships to food, though in general most participants struggled to afford a nutritious diet. Given the diversity of ages, languages, literacy and abilities among participants, I opted to use creative arts methods to engage on food topics whenever possible. To facilitate the sharing of experiences, group work – whether small groups or the entire group – was preferred. Instruments used included the following: Food diaries: Drawn from nutrition research, food
; an interest in and focus on work and welfare, meaning various investigations into how the restructured economy impacted on households an communities, including an understanding of new forms of state welfare, such as child support grants, disability grants and public works programmes designed to alleviate poverty; an increased focus on ecological and environmental concerns, including tensions between the labour movement and the environmental movement, but also a political economy approach – that is, a critical approach – to corporate social and environmental
, pain medication or to throw up, or all of the above. But why was a five-year-old doing this? Perhaps this is partly explained by the social aspects surrounding disability in Mexico. In this country, the care of people with disabilities is characterised by inequalities. Three disability models can be located. First, the charity model identifies disabilities with imperfections, impurities, God’s rage and the expiation of sins. This model has, on the one hand, the Christian discourse of compassion and, on the other, exclusion and punishment as people with