Igniting Constructionist Imaginations: Social Constructionism's Absence and Potential Contribution to Public Sociology

Adorjan, Michael
March 2013
American Sociologist;Mar2013, Vol. 44 Issue 1, p1
Academic Journal
Why have social constructionists remained absent from debates over public sociology? I argue that constructionist scholarship would be particularly amenable to Michael Burawoy's notion of 'organic' public sociology, given the ability of constructionist scholars to orient awareness contexts in order to help engender constructionist imaginations. This approach requires that constructionists take on a different view of the role of the analyst. I also discuss some of the problems Canadian academics have had engaging with the media in their efforts to engage in 'traditional' public sociology, as well as what a constructionist public sociology may look like practice. I conclude by addressing potential challenges to a constructionist public sociology within Canada, including reference to sociology's disciplinary coherence and how we can approach-and what we mean by-'publics'.


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