Against Sociology as a Wonder-Free Zone

Carter, Bob; Misztal, Barbara A.
November 2016
Contemporary Sociology;Nov2016, Vol. 45 Issue 6, p818
Academic Journal
The author comments on the paper Sociology as a Vocation" by Michael Burawoy published in a previous issue of the journal "Contemporary Sociology." He mentions that the paper discusses the concept of public sociology as partisan enterprise that can harm legitimacy of sociology. He comments on Burawoy's idea of public sociology that aims to bring sociology ‘into a conversation with publics.


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