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Contributing to Scholarship and Theory through Public Sociology

Donald W. Light
Social Forces
Vol. 83, No. 4 (Jun., 2005), pp. 1647-1653
Published by: Oxford University Press
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3598407
Page Count: 7
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Contributing to Scholarship and Theory through Public Sociology
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Abstract

The derivative nature of public sociology resting on academic research and theory is widely perceived as a central challenge to establishing its legitimacy for faculty recruitment, promotion and graduate training. While public sociology can be derivative, it need not be. This brief essay explains how, with three illustrations of large public campaigns that succeeded in changing social institutions and also produced articles in major journals, grants and a book.

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