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A Perspective from the Global South

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.

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29 THREE Sociology as a science/technology of freedom Zygmunt Bauman Zygmunt Bauman is professor emeritus of sociology, University of Leeds. His latest publications (all published by Polity) are: What use is sociology? (with Michael Hviid Jakobsen and Keith Tester), 2014; Does the richness of the few benefit us all?, 2013; Liquid surveillance (with David Lyon), 2013; Moral blindness (with Leonidas Donskis), 2013. 30 Sociologists’ Tales It was Michael Burawoy who almost two decades ago alerted us all that sociology was losing its link to the public arena

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imagination. Charles Wright Mills in the late 1950s called this the promise of the sociological imagination; Michael Burawoy at the turn of the new millennium termed it public sociology. I have referred to it as the new public social science (Brewer, 2013). But whatever the phrase, sociology has a normative purpose at its very core. This is a controversial suggestion but only because it is misinterpreted to mean that sociologists are antithetical to science and let their values shape the evidence they collect. It is important that sociology remains scientific

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Public sociology, the contributors to this volume demonstrate, shares affinities with radical education practice, and this book furthers debates in the dialogue between public sociology and radical education inside, outside, and at the edges of academia. The book as a whole echoes a methodology developed and popularised by public sociologist Michael Burawoy, the extended case methodology (Burawoy, 1998 ) to facilitate critical dialogue between practitioners of public sociology and education in contested relation to the constitution of ‘publics’, the production

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Public Sociology in an Era of Social Media

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.

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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.

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Challenges, Dialogues and Counterpublics
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Leading academics take a distinctive new approach to the understanding of public sociology education in this perceptive new resource. Through pedagogical case studies and inter-contributor dialogues, they develop and challenge thinking in the field.

Divided into three sections on the publics, knowledges and practices of public sociology education, it looks beyond the boundaries of academia to deliver fresh responses to key disciplinary questions including the purposes and targets of sociological knowledge.

For students, academics and practitioners, it is a timely and thought-provoking contribution to debate about public sociology education.

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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.

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Promoting Social Justice in a World Falling Apart

What would it take to make society better? For the majority, conditions are getting worse and this will continue unless strong action is taken. This book offers a wide range of expert contributors outlining what might help to make better societies and which mechanisms, interventions and evidence are needed when we think about a better society.

The book looks at what is needed to prevent the proliferation of harm and the gradual collapse of civil society. It argues that social scientists need to cast aside their commitment to the established order and its ideological support systems, look ahead at the likely outcomes of various interventions and move to the forefront of informed political debate.

Providing practical steps and policy programmes, this is ideal for academics and students across a wide range of social science fields and those interested in social inequality.

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Reflections on Contemporary Debates in Policy Studies
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In recent years the nature of policy and politics has witnessed significant transformations. These have challenged perceptions about the ways in which policy is studied, designed, delivered and appraised. This book –the first in the New Perspectives in Policy and Politics series - brings together world-leading scholars to reflect on the implications of some of these developments for the field of policy studies and the world of practice.

First published as a special issue of Policy & Politics, the book offers critical reflections on the recent history and future direction of policy studies. It advances the debate by rethinking the ways in which scholars and students of policy studies can (re)engage with pertinent issues in pursuit of both scholarly excellence and practical solutions to global policy problems.

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