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This book highlights the variety of ways in which sociology brings about social change in community settings, assists nonprofit and social service organizations in their work, and influences policy at the local, regional, and national levels. It also spotlights sociology that informs the general public on key policy issues through media and creates research centers that develop and carry out collaborative research. The book details a broad range of sociology projects. The 33 case studies are divided into 8 sections. Each section also includes sidebars of include non-sociologists writing about the impact of selected research projects. In some cases these are interdisciplinary projects since solutions to social problems are often multifaceted and do not fit into the disciplines as defined by universities. Further, it emphasizes actions and connections. This is not armchair sociology where self-proclaimed public sociologists just write articles suggesting what government, corporations, communities, or others #xE2;#xAC;Sought to do.#xE2;#xAC; The authors are interested in the active connections to publics and users of the research, not the passive research process.
Table of Contents
|Public Scholarship, the Sociological Imagination, and Engaged Scholarship||p. 1|
|Sidebar: Expert Testimony||p. 2|
|Crossing Boundaries in 21st-century Research: Sharing Knowledge and Collaborating Between University and Community||p. 12|
|Sidebar: Setting a Graduate Education Path for Public Sociology||p. 20|
|Sidebar: Developing Student Commitment to Public Sociology||p. 26|
|Starting Up and Sustaining Public Sociology Projects||p. 33|
|Sidebar: Working With the Academy: A Community Perspective||p. 35|
|Career Guide for Public Sociologists||p. 49|
|Sidebar: Enjoying Success Outside the Academy||p. 61|
|Sidebar: Public Sociologist as Teacher First||p. 62|
|Sidebar: Learning Is a Two-Way Street||p. 65|
|Equitable Community Development||p. 68|
|Sidebar: Partnerships From the Perspective of the Community||p. 69|
|Educating About Homelessness: A University-City Government Research Partnership||p. 72|
|The Differential Impact of Gentrification on Communities of Color in Chicago||p. 77|
|Research in Action: The Case of InnerCity Entrepreneurs||p. 84|
|Art and Equitable Community Development||p. 89|
|Environmental Issues||p. 96|
|Public Sociology for Environmental Health and Environmental Justice||p. 97|
|Learning From Disaster: Documenting the Impacts of Hurricane Katrina on Displaced College Students From New Orleans||p. 106|
|Working for Global Environmental Justice: Channeling Privilege, Producing New Knowledge||p. 112|
|Sidebar: Testimonial From "Briana"||p. 116|
|Regional Research and Data Collection to Enhance Public Knowledge||p. 120|
|Neighborhood, Region, and Place: The Chicago Experience||p. 122|
|The Sacramento State Annual Survey of the Region||p. 134|
|Reducing Hunger in Oregon||p. 138|
|Povertyeast.org: Providing Information to Help Communities Address Critical Needs||p. 143|
|Sociology in Public Service||p. 147|
|Inequalities of Race, Class, and Gender||p. 154|
|Bringing Feminist Sociology to Smart-Girl: Building a University-Nonprofit Partnership||p. 156|
|Sidebar: Public Sociology as a Foundation for a Counseling Career in Education||p. 157|
|Feminist Research in Action: An Intersectional Approach to Girlcentric Programming||p. 164|
|Youth Participation in Community Research for Racial Justice||p. 169|
|Building Resources to Create and Maintain Stable Diverse Communities||p. 176|
|The Media||p. 183|
|The Media, ACORN, and Presidential Politics||p. 185|
|Pressuring Alcohol Companies to Reform Marketing Practices||p. 194|
|The Reel Girls Project: Self, Image, Adolescence, and Filmmaking||p. 200|
|The Internet as a Leveler Between Advantaged and Disadvantaged Communities||p. 205|
|Teen Pregnancy Prevention||p. 213|
|Doing God's Work and Doing Good Work(s): Unique Challenges to Evaluation Research in Ministry Settings||p. 219|
|Feast on the Southeast: Creating a Sustainable Local Food System in Southeastern North Carolina||p. 224|
|Sidebar: Doing Public Sociology||p. 228|
|Challenging Discrimination Against Women, Minorities, and the Sick in Health Insurance||p. 231|
|Tobacco Use Prevention in Montana's Frontier Communities: Developing New Rural Strategies||p. 237|
|Crime, Reducing Violence, and Promoting Justice||p. 243|
|Forty Years of Codifying and Mapping Homicides in Chicago: Impacts on Policing, Research, and Community Well-Being||p. 245|
|Racial Disparities in Criminal Justice in Wisconsin: Analysis, Graphs, and Engagement||p. 251|
|The Role of Relationship Building in Research Partnerships||p. 256|
|Sidebar: The Process of Partnering Is as Essential as the Final Product||p. 262|
|Hate Crime Motivation: The Practical Consequences of an Offender Typology||p. 265|
|Community Organizing||p. 271|
|Cultivating Public Sociology From the Classroom: The Case of a Student-Organized Tenants Union||p. 273|
|Sidebar: The Power of Community Organizing||p. 274|
|The Unity of Theory and Practice: The U.S. Social Forum and Movement Building for Social Transformation||p. 280|
|When the Community Leads||p. 286|
|The "Third Place" Project||p. 292|
|Conclusion: The Case for the New, Engaged 21st-century Scholarship||p. 298|
|About the Editors||p. 310|
|About the Contributors||p. 311|
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