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

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The only text to provide real-life examples of how practicing sociologists use sociology to work toward social change and social justice!

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 of the 14 chapters, closely aligned with key topics in sociology courses, is filled with stories from practicing sociologists that help students better understand how their sociology studies can be applied and provides answers to the question, “…but what can I do with a sociology degree?” Discussion questions and suggested additional readings and resources at the end of each chapter give students the opportunity to delve further into the topics covered and carry out full and nuanced discussions, grounded in the “real world” work of public sociologists.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781452203119
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 4/2/2013
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Pages: 305
  • Sales rank: 1,344,300
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Kathleen Odell Korgen, Ph D, is Chair and Professor of Sociology at William Paterson University in Wayne, NJ. Her primary areas of specialization are race relations, racial identity, and public sociology. Professor Korgen’s publications include The Engaged Sociologist: Connecting the Classroom to the Community (with Jonathan White) (4th Edition, Sage 2013), Sociologists in Action: Sociology, Social Change, and Social Justice (with Jonathan White and Shelley White), (2nd Edition, Sage 2013), Multiracial Americans and Social Class (Routledge 2010), Contemporary Readings in Sociology (Sage, 2008), Crossing the Racial Divide: Close Friendships Between Black and White Americans (Praeger 2002), and From Black to Biracial (Praeger 1999).

Jonathan M. White, Ph D, is Associate Professor of Sociology at Bentley University and Director of the Bentley Service-Learning Center, which engages over 1,000 students each semester in Service-Learning, connecting them with 80 community partners. He specializes in inequality, globalization, human rights, and public sociology. He has received numerous teaching and humanitarian awards, is founder of Sports for Hunger, and has served on the board of directors of Free the Children, the Graduation Pledge Alliance, Me to We, Youth for Peace, and other civic engagement organizations. He is co-author of The Engaged Sociologist: Connecting the Classroom to the Community (with Kathleen Odell Korgen) (4th Edition, Sage 2013), co-editor of Sociologists in Action: Sociology, Social Change, and Social Justice (with Kathleen Odell Korgen and Shelley White) (2nd Edition, Sage 2013), and served as associate editor to The New York Times bestseller Me To We by children’s rights advocates Marc and Craig Kielburger.

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

The Sociological Perspective
Sociology: Promise and Potential Through Praxis - Cheryl Joseph
Human Rights and the Sociological Imagination: How Sociologists Can Help Make the World a Better Place - Mayra Gómez
Stand Up and Speak Out - Judith Wittner
Getting Behind the Headlines and Going Where the Action Is: My Career as A Sociologist in Non-Academic Settings - Georgette F. Bennett
Critical Mixed-Race Studies: The Intersections of Identity and Social Justice - Andrew Jolivette
Doing Sociology: Creating Equal Employment Opportunities - Menah Pratt-Clarke
Using Sociology for College Success - Laura Nichols
Research Methods
The Michigan Alcohol and Other Drugs School Survey - Thomas L. Van Valey
Using Sociological Skills for Movements to Confront Power: The Genesis of the Research Institute on Social and Economic Policy (RISEP) - Bruce Nissen
Positive Deviance Research as a Way to Help People - Samuel R. Friedman
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
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
Deviant Behavior
Reducing Hate and Prejudice on Campus: A Sociologist’s Contributions” - Jack Levin
Using Evidence-Based Research to Inform Public Policy: Lessons from Hurricane Katrina - David S. Kirk
The Politics of Protest Policing - Alex S. Vitale
From Damaged Goods to Empowered Patients - Adina Nack
Social Movements
Never Again Must Mean Never - Ellen J. Kennedy
Change the World—Start at School - Mikaila Mariel Lemonik Arthur
A Campus Gun-Free Zone Movement - Rob Benford
Social Movements and Activist Sociology - Charles Derber
Stratification and Social Class
Housing and Homelessness in Maine: A Case of Public Sociology in Practice - Joe Bandy
Relocating the Homeless—or Not! - James D. Wright
Sociology Is Action: Using Sociology for Children’s Rights - Jonathan White
Race and Ethics Relations
Bridging the Campus and the Community: Blogging About the Asian American Experience - C. N. Le
The Responsibilities of Relationships: Using Sociology to Build Meaningful Alliances - Barbara Gurr
Putting Sociology to Work in Winnersville, USA - Mark Patrick George
Methods of Truth and Reconciliation - David Cunningham
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
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
Localizing International Human Rights: Engaging with the World Social Forum Process - Jackie Smith
Informed Debate in a Political Minefield - Irene Bloemraad
Community-Based Research and Immigrant Rights - Leah Schmalzbauer
Environmental Justice
Reducing Pesticide Exposure Risks: An Environmental Sociologist’s Role - (Hanna-) Andrea Rother
Using a Sociological Tool Kit to Make Energy Efficiency Happen - Lou Jacobson
Activist Scholarship for Environmental Justice - David Naguib Pellow
The Sociology of Environmental Justice: Merging Research and Action - Daniel Faber
Social Institutions (Family, Economy)
Sociological Advocacy for Children - Yvonne Vissing
From Hollowing Out the Middle to Reimagining Small Towns - Patrick J. Carr
Why Don’t We Do Something About It?’ Response to Job Loss in Rural Communities - Leslie Hossfeld
Social Institutions, Continued (Education, Government, Religion)
A Sociologist as a Social Seismographer: Understanding the Earthquake in Class Inequality in U.S. Higher Education - Sigal Alon
Promoting Community Environmental Sustainability Using a Project-Based Approach - Dadit Hidayat, Randy Stoecker, and Heather Gates
Using Sociology to Counter Stereotypes: The Case of American Muslims - John O’Brien and Besheer Mohamed
Out of the Tower and Into the Capitol: How Sociology Students Helped Spark the Wisconsin Uprising 277 - Charity A. Schmidt
Democracy Matters: Giving Students a Political Voice - Joan D. Mandle

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