Public Sociology - Lecture 1: What is Public Sociology?, Michael Burawoy

brief note

Sociology has always turned its head against the unregulated market. Starting indeed from Marx, Weber, Durkheim -- familiar figures, including even Talcott Parsons.

"academic division of labor"
Public sociology is contrasted to professional sociology.
Above public sociology, there is policy sociology.
Critical sociology is the sociology that examines the foundation of professional sociology.

two by two table

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professional   policy

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critical      public

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two types of public sociology: traditional/organic

Sociologists can provide an understanding of why a particular category is important and shaping an understanding of society.

For a criticism of the Burawoy's standpoint, see this article.