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A New Focus on Public Sociology
Public sociology is discussed at the Sociologists without Borders website.

The topic of "public sociology" is being discussed at the website of the Sociologists without Borders website.

Michael Burawoy posted a "PROPOSAL FOR PUBLIC SOCIOLOGY" as follows: (burawoy@socrates.berkeley.edu)

The burgeoning interest in public sociology and the unanticipated vote by ASA members against the war in Iraq suggest to me that the stakes are indeed becoming clearer. In a world tending toward a collusive relation between market tyranny and state unilateralism, civil society is at once threatened with extinction and at the same time a major possible hold-out against deepening inequalities and multiplying threats to all manner of human rights.

The interest of sociology in the very existence, let alone expansion, of civil society (even with all its warts) becomes the interest of humanity -- locally, nationally and globally. If they can transcend their particularisms and recognize their distinctive relation to diverse publics within and across borders, sociologists could yet create the fulcrum around which a critical social science might evolve -- a social science imprinted with a new constellation of international power.


Against Iraq War - The ASA voted to oppose the war in Iraq as indicated in the following from the website.

The American Sociological Association comprises sociologists and kindred professionals who study, among other things, war and peace, democracy and totalitarianism, conflict resolution and violence, systems of inequality and their effects, states and legal orders, nationalism, and nation-building.

We believe that foreign interventions that do not have the support of the world community create more problems than solutions. President Bush's and Prime Minister Blair's decision to invade Iraq against the wishes of most of the nations of the world will undermine the already weakened UN, the League of Arab States, and the rule of international law, and will bring more harm than good to the Iraqi people.





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Date Added: 4/5/2004 Date Revised: 4/5/2004 9:26:24 AM

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