Public Sociology : Research, Action, and Change

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  • Copyright: 2011-05-04
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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

Forewordp. x
Forewordp. xii
Forewordp. xiii
Acknowledgmentsp. xv
Public Scholarship, the Sociological Imagination, and Engaged Scholarshipp. 1
Sidebar: Expert Testimonyp. 2
Crossing Boundaries in 21st-century Research: Sharing Knowledge and Collaborating Between University and Communityp. 12
Sidebar: Setting a Graduate Education Path for Public Sociologyp. 20
Sidebar: Developing Student Commitment to Public Sociologyp. 26
Starting Up and Sustaining Public Sociology Projectsp. 33
Sidebar: Working With the Academy: A Community Perspectivep. 35
Career Guide for Public Sociologistsp. 49
Sidebar: Enjoying Success Outside the Academyp. 61
Sidebar: Public Sociologist as Teacher Firstp. 62
Sidebar: Learning Is a Two-Way Streetp. 65
Equitable Community Developmentp. 68
Sidebar: Partnerships From the Perspective of the Communityp. 69
Educating About Homelessness: A University-City Government Research Partnershipp. 72
The Differential Impact of Gentrification on Communities of Color in Chicagop. 77
Research in Action: The Case of InnerCity Entrepreneursp. 84
Art and Equitable Community Developmentp. 89
Environmental Issuesp. 96
Public Sociology for Environmental Health and Environmental Justicep. 97
Learning From Disaster: Documenting the Impacts of Hurricane Katrina on Displaced College Students From New Orleansp. 106
Working for Global Environmental Justice: Channeling Privilege, Producing New Knowledgep. 112
Sidebar: Testimonial From "Briana"p. 116
Regional Research and Data Collection to Enhance Public Knowledgep. 120
Neighborhood, Region, and Place: The Chicago Experiencep. 122
The Sacramento State Annual Survey of the Regionp. 134
Reducing Hunger in Oregonp. 138
Povertyeast.org: Providing Information to Help Communities Address Critical Needsp. 143
Sociology in Public Servicep. 147
Inequalities of Race, Class, and Genderp. 154
Bringing Feminist Sociology to Smart-Girl: Building a University-Nonprofit Partnershipp. 156
Sidebar: Public Sociology as a Foundation for a Counseling Career in Educationp. 157
Feminist Research in Action: An Intersectional Approach to Girlcentric Programmingp. 164
Youth Participation in Community Research for Racial Justicep. 169
Building Resources to Create and Maintain Stable Diverse Communitiesp. 176
The Mediap. 183
The Media, ACORN, and Presidential Politicsp. 185
Pressuring Alcohol Companies to Reform Marketing Practicesp. 194
The Reel Girls Project: Self, Image, Adolescence, and Filmmakingp. 200
The Internet as a Leveler Between Advantaged and Disadvantaged Communitiesp. 205
Healthp. 211
Teen Pregnancy Preventionp. 213
Doing God's Work and Doing Good Work(s): Unique Challenges to Evaluation Research in Ministry Settingsp. 219
Feast on the Southeast: Creating a Sustainable Local Food System in Southeastern North Carolinap. 224
Sidebar: Doing Public Sociologyp. 228
Challenging Discrimination Against Women, Minorities, and the Sick in Health Insurancep. 231
Tobacco Use Prevention in Montana's Frontier Communities: Developing New Rural Strategiesp. 237
Crime, Reducing Violence, and Promoting Justicep. 243
Forty Years of Codifying and Mapping Homicides in Chicago: Impacts on Policing, Research, and Community Well-Beingp. 245
Racial Disparities in Criminal Justice in Wisconsin: Analysis, Graphs, and Engagementp. 251
The Role of Relationship Building in Research Partnershipsp. 256
Sidebar: The Process of Partnering Is as Essential as the Final Productp. 262
Hate Crime Motivation: The Practical Consequences of an Offender Typologyp. 265
Community Organizingp. 271
Cultivating Public Sociology From the Classroom: The Case of a Student-Organized Tenants Unionp. 273
Sidebar: The Power of Community Organizingp. 274
The Unity of Theory and Practice: The U.S. Social Forum and Movement Building for Social Transformationp. 280
When the Community Leadsp. 286
The "Third Place" Projectp. 292
Conclusion: The Case for the New, Engaged 21st-century Scholarshipp. 298
Indexp. 301
About the Editorsp. 310
About the Contributorsp. 311
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