The Philosophy Of Public Sociology Essays

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1. INTRODUCTION
Much has been said about Burawoy’s charismatic and intellectual gospel on the essence of Public Sociology as he appealed to his colleague for the adoption of the discipline in the Presidential address at the American Sociological Conference in 2004. To an extent, there seems to be some consensus on the grand mission of public sociology which is to enable Sociology become more active within the public sphere and contribute in the improving the human condition. However, certain concerns have been raised on several conceptual constructions of Burawoy’s approach to Public Sociology and the nature the discipline should assume. Critical intellectual contributions have dissected Burawoy’s arguments based on its merits, relevance but also to the omissions, weakness and limitations of public sociology as a discipline, an agenda and social force.
There is no doubt that the importance of making Sociology public given the fact that the subject matter of the discipline is civil society. Sociologists cannot avoid the subject matter of its discipline which are social groups and people in the social arrangement. As Durkheim (1984) noted `… We would esteem our research not worth the labor of a single hour if its interest were merely speculative. If we distinguish carefully between theoretical and practical problems it is not in order to neglect the latter category. On the contrary, it is in order to put ourselves in a position where we can better resolve them’. Karl Marx also…

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