Sociologists in Action: Sociology, Social Change, and Social Justice

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Providing vivid examples of how sociologists are using sociological tools to make a positive impact on our society, this one-of-a-kind book helps students better understand how their study of sociology can be put to good use in today’s world. Each chapter is filled with stories from practicing sociologists that illustrate the two core commitments of sociology: using the sociological eye to notice social patterns and using social activism to address social issues. The exciting examples of sociologists in action bring the content of sociology to life for students and show them how they can make a positive impact on the world.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412982832
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 12/14/2010
  • Pages: 295
  • Sales rank: 927,285
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Kathleen Odell Korgen is a professor of sociology at William Paterson University, a comprehensive university in Wayne, New Jersey. Kathleen has co-authored or co-edited numerous books that teach students to use the sociological tools they gain in their classes and to find inspiration from public sociologists and fellow sociology students. These books include The Engaged Sociologist: Connecting the Classroom to the Community, Sociologists in Action: Sociology, Social Change, and Social Justice and Sociologists in Action on Inequalities: Race, Class, Gender, and Sexuality. She has also written or edited the following books on race relations and racial identity: Race Policy and Multiracial Americans (forthcoming), Multiracial Americans and Social Class, Crossing the Racial Divide: Close Friendships Between Black and White Americans, and From Black to Biracial: Transforming Racial Identity Among Americans. Kathleen works as a consultant for other sociology departments as a member of the Departmental Resources Group of the American Sociological Association. She has received William Paterson University’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship/Creative Expression and the university’s Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Jonathan M. White, Ph D, is director of the Bentley Service Learning Center and associate professor of sociology at Bentley University in Massachusetts. His primary areas of specialization are inequality, poverty, globalization, human rights, and public sociology. Dr. White has received numerous teaching and humanitarian awards. He is the founding director of Sports for Hunger, the Hunger Resource Center, and the Halloween for Hunger, We are Silent, and Pass-the-Fast campaigns. He serves on the board of directors for Free The Children, Peace Through Youth, Me to We, and the Graduation Pledge Alliance. Dr. White has authored several articles in the fields of inequality and globalization. His work on public sociology includes coediting (with Kathleen Korgen and Shelley White) Sociologists in Action: Sociology, Social Change, and Social Justice (2014) and Sociologists in Action on Inequalities: Race, Class, Gender, and Sexuality (2015). He is also currently writing a book titled Hungry to Be Heard: Voices From a Malnourished America. Dr. White lives in Waltham, Massachusetts, with his wife, Shelley, and is the very proud uncle of his 13 nieces and nephews, Jarred, Kyle, Tyler, Arielle, Cameron, Brianna, Mikayla, Joshua, Jack, Logan, Tyler, Joey, and Brookelyn.

Shelley K. White, Ph D, MPH, is a sociologist and Assistant Professor of Health Sciences and Public Health at Worcester State University. She recently taught in the Sociology Department at Simmons College, where she also coordinated the Simmons World Challenge - an interdisciplinary, student-led learning program which creates actionable solutions to global social justice problems. Shelley’s teaching and research focus on health and illness, globalization and development, inequalities, social movements and social justice. She previously worked in HIV/AIDS policy globally and domestically, and serves on the board of directors of Free the Children and Soc Med. She is co-editor of Sociologists in Action: Sociology, Social Change, and Social Justice (with Kathleen Odell Korgen and Jonathan White), (2nd Edition, Sage 2013) and her recent publications appear in the Journal of Human Rights Practice; Education, Citizenship and Social Justice; Public Health Reports; and Critical Public Health.

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Table of Contents

Chapter One: The Sociological Perspective
Sociology: Promise and Potential Through Praxis - Cheryl Joseph
Stand Up and Speak Out - Judith Wittner
Organizational Consulting: A Passion for Meaningful Sociological Work - Kathryn Goldman Schuyler
From Damaged Goods to Empowered Patients - Adina Nack
Discussion Questions & Resources
Chapter Two: Theory
Critical Mixed-Race Studies: The Intersections of Identity and Social Justice - Andrew Jolivette
An Ideal Approach to Change? - John E. Glass
Using Sociology for College Success - Laura Nichols
Discussion Questions & Resources
Chapter Three: Research Methods
The Michigan Alcohol and Other Drugs School Survey - Thomas L. Van Valey
Assessing European Environmental Health Action Plans - Harry Perlstadt
Positive Deviance Research as a Way to Help People - Samuel Friedman
Discussion Questions & Resources
Chapter Four: Culture
Academic as Social Entrepreneur: Creating Organizations for Social Change - Juliet Schor
Excerpt From 'The Diary of a Mad Social Scientist' - Corey Dolgon
Youth Culture, Identity, and Resistance: Participatory Action Research in a Puerto Rican Barrio - Nilda Flores-González and Michael Rodríguez-Muñiz
Discussion Questions & Resources
Chapter Five: Socialization
Socialization, Stereotypes, and Homelessness - Michele Wakin
Reengaging Activism in the Socialization of Undergraduate Students - Shelley White
Dangerous Behaviors? Police Encounters With Juvenile Gang Offenders - Susan Guarino-Ghezzi
Discussion Questions & Resources
Chapter Six: Deviant Behavior
Reducing Hate and Prejudice on Campus: A Sociologist’s Contributions - Jack Levin
Thinking Like a Researcher - David J. Hanson
The Politics of Protest Policing - Alex S. Vitale
Discussion Questions & Resources
Chapter Seven: Social Movements
Change the World—Start at School - Mikaila Mariel Lemonik Arthur
Policy Service-Learning: Fulfilling the Promise of Sociology - Scott Myers-Lipton
Using Sociological Skills for Movements to Confront Power: The Genesis of the Research Institute on Social and Economic Policy (RISEP) - Bruce Nissen
A Campus Gun-Free Zone Movement - Rob Benford
Discussion Questions & Resources
Chapter Eight: Stratification and Social Class
Housing and Homelessness in Maine: A Case of Public Sociology in Practice - Joe Bandy and Craig Mc Ewen
Relocating the Homeless—or Not! - James Wright
Sociology Is Action: Using Sociology for Children’s Rights - Jonathan White
Discussion Questions & Resources
Chapter Nine: Race and Ethnic Relations
Adding Vitality to Sociology: Bringing the Community Into Research - Philip Nyden
Bridging the Campus and the Community: Blogging About the Asian American Experience - C. N. Le
Putting Sociology to Work in Winnersville, USA - Mark Patrick George
Methods of Truth and Reconciliation - David Cunningham
Discussion Questions & Resources
Chapter Ten: Sex, Gender, and Sexuality
Sex in Some Cities: Explorations of AIDS/HIV Education and Hooking Up - Rebecca Plante
A Public Sociology of Gender and Masculinity - Michael Kimmel
The Southern West Virginia Photovoice Project: Community Action Through Sociological Research - Shannon Elizabeth Bell
Getting the Message Out - Susan Stall
Discussion Questions & Resources
Chapter Eleven: Globalization and Immigration
Interracial Conflict and Attempts at Reconciliation in Auburn, Maine - Joe Bandy with Elspeth Benard (Dennison)
How Culture Matters in Poverty Alleviation Efforts: Microcredit and Confucian Ideas in Rural China - Becky Hsu
Informed Debate in a Political Minefield - Irene Bloemraad
Community-Based Research and Immigrant Rights - Leah Schmalzbauer
Jeffersonian Science, Public Sociology, and Academic Careers: Some Insights and Suggestions for Potential Future Social Scientists - Robert Courtney Smith
Discussion Questions & Resources
Chapter Twelve: Environmental Justice
Using a Sociological Tool Kit to Make Energy Efficiency Happen - Lou Jacobson
The Sociology of Environmental Justice: Merging Research and Action - Daniel Faber
Activist Scholarship for Environmental Justice - David Naguib Pellow
Discussion Questions & Resources
Chapter Thirteen: Social Institutions (Family, Economy)
Making an Interest in Adoption Matter - Kathy S. Stolley
From Hollowing Out the Middle to Reimagining Small Towns - Patrick J. Carr and Maria J. Kefalas
Why Don’t We Do Something About It?’ A Response to Job Loss in Rural Communities - Leslie Hossfeld
Discussion Questions & Resources
Chapter Fourteen: Social Institutions, Continued (Education, Government, Religion
A Sociologist as a Social Seismographer: Understanding the Earthquake in Class Inequality in US Higher Education - Sigal Alon
Putting Theory Into Action! - John Asimakapolous
Taking Sociology to Real World Religious Communities - Christian Smith
Democracy Matters: Giving Students a Political Voice - Joan D. Mandle
A Sociologist as a Social Seismographer: Understanding the Earthquake in Class Inequality in US Higher Education - Sigal Alon
Putting Theory Into Action! - John Asimakapolous
Taking Sociology to Real World Religious Communities - Christian Smith
Democracy Matters: Giving Students a Political Voice - Joan D. Mandle
A Sociologist as a Social Seismographer: Understanding the Earthquake in Class Inequality in US Higher Education - Sigal Alon
Putting Theory Into Action! - John Asimakapolous
Taking Sociology to Real World Religious Communities - Christian Smith
Democracy Matters: Giving Students a Political Voice - Joan D. Mandle

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