Liberation Sociologyby Joe Feagin
One of the tragedies of any society is the failure of its people and leaders to understand the real social problems confronting them. Over the coming decades the United States is demonstrably on a path of increasing social conflict, accentuated class and racial inequalities, and likely social chaos and collapse. The social and economic contradictions of U.S.
One of the tragedies of any society is the failure of its people and leaders to understand the real social problems confronting them. Over the coming decades the United States is demonstrably on a path of increasing social conflict, accentuated class and racial inequalities, and likely social chaos and collapse. The social and economic contradictions of U.S. capitalism, racism, sexism, and homophobia are clear to those who will look closely now. Yet, these social oppressions and inequalities are rationalized by leading politicians, media commentators, and intellectuals, often with open attacks on the principles of equality that theoretically underlie U.S. institutions. This state of affairs need not be a cause for extreme pessimism, for progressive change remains possible, as people's movements have long shown. The United States and the world can become better places, socially and economically, for all people. Change has been brought about by citizen action in the past, and it can be brought about in the future. Joe Feagin and Hernan Vera argue that citizen action can be assisted by what they call "liberation sociology"--a tool to dramatically increase democratic participation in the production and implementation of knowledge and the creation of better human societies. Liberation sociology takes the perspective of those seeking liberation from oppressive conditions--the majority of the world's people. Its aim is to assist those struggling to eliminate all forms of human oppression. The book offers both a theoretical analysis and case studies of liberation social science as reflected in actual practice and explains that the same sociological methods that are used to defend oppression can be used instead to liberate human beings.
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family, sociology of knowledge and cultural diversity courses. With Joe Feagin he has co-authored White Racism: The Basics , and with Joe Feagin and Nikitah Imani The Agony of Education: Black Students at White Colleges and Universities . He is also the author of Professionalization and Professionalism: The Case of the Catholic Priest . Currently he is completing, with Andrew Gordon a book on Sincere Fictions of the White Self in the American Cinema 1915-2001 .
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This is an excellent introduction to the neglected aspects of the history of sociology, showing that it has always included critical and activist thinkers. Unfortunately, the work of these scholars often was 'written out' of the discipline by the canonizers and professionalizers of the field, who were more concerned with being 'scientific' and respected than with attempting to improve the social conditions they studied. This book demonstrates clearly and persuasively that the more blase and mundane 'value-free' sociology of the mainstream was not the only work that was being done, and provides a history and legitimation for current more critical perspectives. I've used it in undergraduate theory classes as a balance to the more typical theory texts. I highly recommend it.