Public Sociology: From Social Facts to Literary Acts [NOOK Book]

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Public Sociology, 2nd edition offers a fundamental enriching of method far beyond the scope of research methodology textbooks. It looks at sociology as a social act-as writing-in arguing for a public sociology that can more fully embrace and address crucial public issues. Building on the philosophy of science and recent postmodernist critiques, Agger shows how the social science text reproduces the existing social world, suppressing science's author in order to position itself as simply a mirror of nature, not a ...
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Public Sociology: From Social Facts to Literary Acts

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Overview

Public Sociology, 2nd edition offers a fundamental enriching of method far beyond the scope of research methodology textbooks. It looks at sociology as a social act-as writing-in arguing for a public sociology that can more fully embrace and address crucial public issues. Building on the philosophy of science and recent postmodernist critiques, Agger shows how the social science text reproduces the existing social world, suppressing science's author in order to position itself as simply a mirror of nature, not a deliberate human version replete with ontology, theory, values, and politics. As such, method is an argument that polemicizes quietly for a certain view of the world. Agger peruses how science could be crafted differently, acknowledging, even embracing its authoriality while opening it to crosscurrents of other humanistic writing. Only by liberating sociology from the "secret writing" of science can its ineradicable humanity be realized. But rather than dwelling on recent critiques, this, more than any other book, looks ahead to a new way of doing science-one that is simultaneously more scientific and humanistic. Its prescient view of how social science can take the lead in building a more democratic public sphere will make it a must-read for every student and researcher.
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Quantitative Sociology
Not only does Agger exorcise the living ghosts who write sociology and regulate its institutional network, he lays bare for all to see, the carefully hidden secrets of the discipline. Such an analysis offers a bold critique of those of us who practice sociology professionally. It forces us to face up to and figure out what is important and unimportant in what we do.
Those not enraged by this book will laugh themselves silly, when, like us, they are not choking back the tears of their own embarrassment.
— Charles Lemert and Audrey Sprenger
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781461641520
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/6/2007
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 336
  • File size: 18 MB
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Meet the Author

Ben Agger is Professor of Sociology and Humanities at the University of Texas at Arlington. He also directs the Center for Theory. He edits 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).
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Table of Contents

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?
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