In this exciting anthology, Corey Dolgon and Mary Chayko bring together some of the clearest and most important voices on public sociology. While sociology has always been inextricably linked to studying social problems, the rise of public sociology brings solving those problems front and center. This book pairs classic and contemporary articles in this tradition with critical rejoinders - many published in the journal Humanity and Society, some written especially for this book. Humanity and Society is the journal of the Association for Humanist Sociology [AHS], for over thirty years the leading organization for those doing cutting edge work in public sociology. Pioneers in Public Sociology is indispensable for students, instructors, researchers, activists, and anyone interested in discovering new ways to apply sociology to understanding and changing society.
Praise from reviewers:
"Tired of sociology that claims to be radical when it is just more of the same? At last we have a volume by people, and an organization, that never sold out. Here is the book for those interested in real activist sociology for the 21st century." Eduardo Bonilla-Silva, author of Racism Without Racists:Color-blind Racists and the Persistence of Racial Inequality in America.
"Important work on how the academy can engage with the community." Paul Rogat Loeb, author of Soul of a Citizen: "Living With Conviction in a Cynical Time.
"Dolgon and Chayko have compiled a terrific collection of essays, both classics in the field and current conversations, that will inspire readers to work hard for social justice. Bravo!" Kimberly J. Cook, author of Divided Passions: Public Opinions on Abortion and the Death Penalty.
"For over thirty years, the members of the Association for Humanist Sociology have been dedicated to democratic principles and economic and social justice. This collection brings together the fruits of their labor, and it offers education in the best sense of the word." Levon Chorbajian, author of The Caucasion Knot.