This ground-breaking volume is a follow-up to Intellectuals and Their Publics. In contrast to the earlier book, which was mainly concerned with the activity of intellectuals and how it relates to the public, this volume analyses what happens when sociology and sociologists engage with or serve various publics. More specifically, this problem will be studied from the following three angles: How does one become a public sociologist and prominent intellectual in the first place? (Part I) How complex and complicated are the stories of institutions and professional associations when they take on a public role or tackle a major social or political problem? (Part II) How can one investigate the relationship between individual sociologists and intellectuals and their various publics? (Part III) This book will be of interest to academics and students working in the fields of the sociology of knowledge and ideas, the history of social sciences, intellectual history, cultural sociology, and cultural studies.
Christian Fleck is Professor of Sociology at the University of Graz in Austria. Andreas Hess is Senior Lecturer in Sociology at University College Dublin in Ireland.
Contents: Introduction: public sociology in the making, Christian Fleck and Andreas Hess; Part I Public Intellectuals and their Afterlives: Biographies, Reputation-Building and Academic Disciplines: Biography in the social sciences: the case of Marcel Mauss, Marcel Fournier; Making sense of individual creativity: an attempt to trespass the academic boundaries of the sociology of ideas and intellectual history, Andreas Hess; Scholarly publishing projects in the Great Depression: the works of G.H. Mead and the Payne Fund studies, Daniel R. Huebner; Psychology and sociology in the late 19th century French intellectual field: the case of the Revue Internationale de Sociologie, Marcia Cristina Consolim; From communicative memory to non-history - Czech and Polish narratives of sociology's past, Jaroslaw Kilias. Part II Serving the Public or Serving the State? Trials and Tribulations of Organizational and State-Related Histories: Research for whom? Changing conceptions of disciplinarity in the American university, Daniel Gordon; The making of 'excellence' in the European research area: how research funding organizations work, Barbara Hoenig; Using scientific knowledge in policy making: the importance of organizational culture, Sally Shortall; Public sociology in Taiwan, Hong Kong and Singapore, Albert Tzeng; A chapter in the history of Brazilian sociology: UNESCO research about race relations and the unexpected prejudice against Poles in Curitiba (Parana), Marcio de Oliveira. Part III Intellectuals and Their Audiences: Blurring the boundary line: the origins and fate of Robert Bellah's symbolic realism, Matteo Bortolini; How spaces of opinion shape public intellectuals: a field-based approach to project syndicate-op-eds, Philipp Korom; The role of public intellectual in the role-set of academics, Ragnvald Kalleberg; Critics as cultural intermediaries, Thomas Crosbie and Jonathan Roberge; World sociology: the view from Atlantis, Andrew Abbott; Index.
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