Public Sociology examines the 'discourse' of mainstream journal articles in sociology in order to understand the essentially conservative nature of mainstream sociology. These articles primarily make advances in method, not substance. Drawing from Mills, critical theory and postmodernism, Agger develops a non-positivist version of sociological writing that is at once accessible and relevant to social problems.
Ben Agger (1952-2015) was professor of sociology and humanities at the University of Texas at Arlington. He also directed the Center for Theory and edited the electronic journal Fast Capitalism (www.fastcapitalism.com). Among his recent books are Postponing the Postmodern, Speeding Up Fast Capitalism, Fast Families, and Virtual Children (with Beth Anne Shelton).
Chapter 1 Preface Chapter 2 Sociology as Secret Writing: Lessons from Postmodernism Chapter 3 Learning Discipline Discursively Chapter 4 Beginning Science Chapter 5 Method as the Main Text Chapter 6 Concluding Science Chapter 7 "Maybe the Reviewer is Just Dense": Review and Revision as Argument Chapter 8 Was Sociology Always Like This? Chapter 9 Sociological Writing in the Wake of Postmodernism Chapter 10 Has Mainstream Sociology Gone Public?