Public Sociology

Compiled by Albert Tzeng, formerly of the University of Warwick, now holding a postdoc fellowship provided jointly by International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS) in Leiden and the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS) in Singapore

Public Sociology Bibliography:


The 1988 ASA Presidential Address by Herbert J Gans

Gans, H. (1989). “Sociology in America: The Discipline and the Public.” American Sociological Review 54(1):1-16

The 2004 ASA Presidential Address by M Burawoy

Burawoy, M. (2005). “For public sociology.” American Sociological Review 70(1): 4-28.

Burawoy, M. (2005). “2004 American sociological association presidential address: For public sociology.” British Journal of Sociology 56(2): 259-294.

ASA (2005) Public Sociology and the Roots of American Sociology: Re-Establishing Our Connection to the Public – Interim Report and Recommendations submitted by the ASA Task Force on Institutionalizing Public Sociologies to the ASA Council, July 2005.

Available at

ASA (2008). A symposium on public sociology : Looking back and forward, American Sociological Association.

BOOKS on Public Sociology

Agger, Ben (2001, 2007). Public Sociology: From Social Facts to Literary Acts. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.

First published before ‘public sociology’ popularized and therefore not written with Burawoy’s conceptualization in mind. This book is a critique of the writing style of professional sociologists (under the scientific aura) which made it inaccessible to the public reader. Ironically, the book itself was criticized by its own extensive use of postmodern terminology.

Blau, J. R. and K. E. Iyall Smith (2006). Public sociologies reader. Lanham, Md., Rowman & Littlefield.

Clawson, D. (2007). Public sociology: Fifteen eminent sociologists debate politics and the profession in the twenty-first century. Berkeley, CA; London, University of California Press.

About everything commendable about the idea of Burawoy

Nichols, L. T. (2007). Public sociology: The contemporary debate. New Brunswick, N.J. ; London, Transaction Publishers.

Jeffries, V. (2009). Handbook of public sociology. Lanham, Md., Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.

Fatsis, L. (2014). Making sociology public: a critical analysis of an old idea and a recent debate. Doctoral Thesis

Earlier Books Relevant to the Sociology-Public Link

Merton, R. K. (1972). Varieties of political expression in sociology. An american journal of sociology publication. Essays by robert k. Merton [and others], etc. Chicago & London, University of Chicago Press.

Carey, J. T. (1975). Sociology and public affairs : The chicago school. Beverly Hills ; London, Sage Publications.



Social Problem

51(1), 2004, Going Public: Scholarship in Pursuit of Social Justice

Public Sociologies: A Symposium from Boston College Michael Burawoy, William Gamson, Charlotte Ryan, Stephen Pfohl, Diane Vaughan, Charles Derber, Juliet Schor

Marital Suitors Court Social Science Spin-Sters: The Unwittingly Conservative Effects of Public Sociology Judith Stacey

A Tale of Three Discourses: Doing Action Research in a Research Methods Class Stephen R. Couch

Why Don’t They Listen to Us? Fashion Notes on the Imperial Wardrobe Joel Best


Social Force

82 (4), 2004, Commentaries & Debate

Introduction to a Debate on Public Sociologies Catherine Zimmer

Public Sociologies: Contradictions, Dilemmas, and Possibilities Michael Burawoy

The Vacant “We”: Remarks on Public Sociology François Nielsen

Why Public Sociology May Fail David Brady

The Arrogance of Public Sociology Charles R. Tittle


Critical Sociology

31(3), 2005

Michael Burawoy

The Critical Turn to Public Sociology
Critical Sociology 2005 31: 313-326. [PDF]

Joan Acker

Comments on Burawoy on Public Sociology
Critical Sociology 2005 31: 327-331. [PDF]

Stanley Aronowitz

Comments on Michael Burawoy’s “The Critical Turn to Public Sociology”
Critical Sociology 2005 31: 333-338. [PDF]

Gianpaolo Baiocchi

Interrogating Connections: From Public Criticisms to Critical Publics in Burawoy’s Public Sociology
Critical Sociology 2005 31: 339-351. [PDF]

Rose M. Brewer

Response to Michael Buroway’s Commentary: “The Critical Turn to Public Sociology”
Critical Sociology 2005 31: 353-359. [PDF]

Behrooz Ghamari-Tabrizi

Can Burawoy Make Everybody Happy? Comments on Public Sociology
Critical Sociology 2005 31: 361-369. [PDF]

Walda Katz-Fishman and Jerome Scott

Comments on Burawoy: A View From the Bottom-up
Critical Sociology 2005 31: 371-374. [PDF]

John Urry

The Good News and the Bad News
Critical Sociology 2005 31: 375-378. [PDF]

Michael Burawoy

Rejoinder: Toward a Critical Public Sociology
Critical Sociology 2005 31: 379-390. [PDF]

American Sociologist

36 (3-4), 2005. A Conversation about “Public Sociology”

Editor’s introduction: A conversation about “public sociology” Lawrence T. Nichols PDF 3-4
Reflections on public sociology: Public relations, disciplinary identity, and the strong program in professional sociology David Boyns, Jesse Fletcher PDF 5-26
”Is public sociology such a good idea?” Jonathan H. Turner PDF 27-45
Guide for the perplexed: On Michael Burawoy’s “public sociology” Steven Brint PDF 46-65
Pitirim A. Sorokin’s integralism and public sociology Vincent Jeffries PDF 66-87
Social gerontology as public sociology in action Norella M. Putney, Dawn E. Alley, Vern L. Bengtson PDF (1.4 MB) 88-104
Working with the labor movement: A personal journey in organic public sociology Edna Bonacich PDF 105-120
Global public social science Christopher Chase-Dunn PDF 121-132
Why sociology does not need to be saved: Analytic reflections on public sociologies Neil McLaughlin, Lisa Kowalchuk, Kerry Turcotte PDF 133-151
Third-wave sociology and the end of pure science Michael Burawoy PDF 152-165


37(2), 2006. The Possibilities of Sociological Knowledge

Editor’s introduction: The possibilities of sociological knowledge Lawrence T. Nichols PDF 3-5
The nature of sociological knowledge Bruce Keith PDF 6-14
American sociology in chaos: Differentiation without integration Jonathan H. Turner PDF 15-29
Sociology as a historical science Elisabeth S. Clemens PDF (800.5 KB) 30-40
Disciplinary knowledge revisited: The social construction of sociology Stephen Cole PDF 41-56
Reconceptualizing knowledge accumulation in sociology Andrew Abbott PDF 57-66
A view from above: The evolving sociological landscape James Moody, Ryan Light PDF 67-86
Doing social science in anti-scientific times Douglas S. Massey PDF 87-95
Knowledge production and the public interest Barbara Schneider, David Schalliol, Sarah Makela, Sarah-Kathryn McDonald PDF 96-112
Truth, error, and the history of sociology Irving Louis Horowitz PDF


38(3), 2007. Public Engagement and Hope

Editor’s Introduction: Public Engagement and Hope Lawrence T. Nichols PDF HTML221-222
Breaking Out of Academic Isolation: The Media Odyssey of a Sociologist Steven M. Ortiz PDF (322.7 KB) HTML 223-249
Hope for a Cause as Cause for Hope: The Need for Hope in Environmental Sociology Michelle A. M. Lueck PDF (163.0 KB) HTML 250-261
Doing Public Sociology in the Field—A Strong Sociological Intervention Project in China Lina Hu PDF (293.3 KB) HTML 262-287
Communicating Research to Policymakers Ronald C. Wimberley, Libby V. Morris PDF HTML 288-293
Barbarians at the Open Gates-Public Sociology and the Late Modern Turn Gábor Scheiring PDF HTML 294-308
Much Ado About Nothing? Remarks on Michael Burawoy’s Presidential Address Miklós Hadas PDF (302.2 KB) HTML309-322


40 (4) Public Sociology: Problematics, Publicity and Possibilities

Public Sociology: Problematics, Publicity, and Possibilities Lawrence T. Nichols PDF HTML 233-234
The Contradictions of Public Sociology: A View from a Graduate Student at Berkeley Darren Noy PDF (162.0 KB) HTML 235-248
Institutional Barriers to Doing Public Sociology: Experiences of Feminists in the Academy Joey Sprague, Heather Laube PDF (259.2 KB) HTML 249-271
Sociologists in the Press Matthias Revers PDF (237.9 KB) HTML 272-288
How Public Are We? Coverage of Sociology by the Associated Press Catherine Siebel, Katherine Clegg Smith PDF (233.7 KB) HTML 289-308
Public Sociology: Working at the Interstices John Gabriel, Jenny Harding, Peter Hodgkinson, Liz Kelly, Alya Khan PDF (245.1 KB) HTML 309-331
A Nobel Trinity: Jane Addams, Emily Greene Balch and Alva Myrdal Barbara A. Misztal PDF (275.0 KB) HTML 332-353



British Journal of Sociology

56 (2), 2005 Continuing the public sociology debate

Continuing the public sociology debate – Editor’s preface Bridget Hutter

2004 ASA Presidential address: For public sociology Michael Burawoy

56 (3), 2005 Continuing the public sociologies debate – replies to Michael Burawoy

Foreword Bridget M Hutter

How not to become a museum piece Ulrich Beck

For public social science John Braithwaite

The promise of public sociology Craig Calhoun

Publicizing sociology Richard Ericson

Bookmarks for public sociologists Amitai Etzioni

A guarded welcome John A Hall

Comments on Michael Burawoy’s ASA Presidential Address Christine Inglis

What is ‘public sociology’? Why and how should it be made stronger? Ragnvald Kalleberg

Four sociologies, multiple roles Stella R Quah

Digging in the penumbra of master categories Saskia Sassen

Who will speak, and who will listen? Comments on Burawoy and public sociology John Scott

On the relevance of ethnography for the production of public sociology and policy Diane Vaughan

Response: Public sociology: populist fad or path to renewal? Michael Burawoy

57 (2), 2006 Debate on British sociology and public intellectuals

British sociology and public intellectuals: consumer society and imperial decline Bryan S Turner

Replies to Bryan S Turner

The intellectuals and capitalism Philippe Fontaine

Comments on Turner David Frisby

Notes towards a renaissance in British sociology: a response to Turner Steve Fuller

The racial threat Patricia Hill Collins

Who’s a public intellectual? George Ritzer

Comment on Bryan S Turner, ‘British sociology and public intellectuals: consumer society and imperial decline’ Neil Smelser

Sociology- the BSA Journal

41 (5), 2007

John Holmwood and Sue Scott

Editorial Foreword: Sociology and its Public Face(s)
Sociology 2007 41: 779-783. [PDF]

Stephen Turner

Public Sociology and Democratic Theory
Sociology 2007 41: 785-798. [Abstract] [PDF]

Marinus Ossewaarde

Sociology Back to the Publics
Sociology 2007 41: 799-812. [Abstract] [PDF]

Neil McLaughlin and Kerry Turcotte

The Trouble with Burawoy: An Analytic, Synthetic Alternative
Sociology 2007 41: 813-828. [Abstract] [PDF]

E. Stina Lyon

Viola Klein: Forgotten Émigré Intellectual, Public Sociologist and Advocate of Women
Sociology 2007 41: 829-842. [Abstract] [PDF]

Karim Murji

Sociological Engagements: Institutional Racism and Beyond
Sociology 2007 41: 843-855. [Abstract] [PDF]

Gregor McLennan

Towards Postsecular Sociology?
Sociology 2007 41: 857-870. [Abstract] [PDF]

Gurminder K. Bhambra

Sociology and Postcolonialism: Another `Missing’ Revolution?
Sociology 2007 41: 871-884. [Abstract] [PDF]

Mike Savage and Roger Burrows

The Coming Crisis of Empirical Sociology
Sociology 2007 41: 885-899. [Abstract] [PDF]

Geoff Payne

Social Divisions, Social Mobilities and Social Research: Methodological Issues after 40 Years
Sociology 2007 41: 901-915. [Abstract] [PDF]

Stevi Jackson and Amanda Rees

The Appalling Appeal of Nature: The Popular Influence of Evolutionary Psychology as a Problem for Sociology
Sociology 2007 41: 917-930. [Abstract] [PDF]

David Skinner

Groundhog Day? The Strange Case of Sociology, Race and `Science’
Sociology 2007 41: 931-943. [Abstract] [PDF]

Paul Wakeling

White Faces, Black Faces: Is British Sociology a White Discipline?
Sociology 2007 41: 945-960. [Abstract] [PDF]

Jennifer Platt

The Women’s Movement and British Journal Articles, 1950—2004
Sociology 2007 41: 961-975. [Abstract] [PDF]


Canadian Journal of Sociology

34(3), 2009


Public Sociology in Canada: Debates, Research and Historical Context Abstract PDF
Rick Helmes-Hayes, Neil Mclaughlin 573-600
Rethinking Burawoy: Reflections from Canadian Feminist Sociology Abstract PDF
Gillian Creese, Arlene Tigar McLaren, Jane Pulkingham 601-622
Drifting Apart? The Institutional Dynamics Awaiting Public Sociology in Canada Abstract PDF
Scott Davies 623-654
Professional, Critical, Policy, and Public Academics in Canada Abstract PDF
Robert Joseph Brym, M. Reza Nakhaie 655-670
What Do ‘We’ Know That ‘They’ Don’t? Sociologists’ versus Non-Sociologists’ Knowledge Abstract PDF
Anne Mesny 671-696
Mapping the Social Space of Opinion: Public Sociology and the Op-Ed in Canada Abstract PDF
Lisa Kowalchuk, Neil McLaughlin 697-728
Public Sociology in Print: A Comparative Analysis of Book Publishing in Three Social Science Disciplines Abstract PDF
Alex Mochnacki, Aaron Segaert, Neil Mclaughlin 729-764
What Do Public Sociologists Do? A Critique of Burawoy Abstract PDF
Avi Goldberg, Axel van den Berg 765-802
The Three Axes of Sociological Practice: The Case of French Quebec Abstract PDF
Jean-Philippe Warren 803-830
Engaged, Practical Intellectualism: John Porter and ‘New Liberal’ Public Sociology Abstract PDF
Richard Helmes-Hayes 831-868
Disciplinary Mosaic: The Case of Canadian Sociology Abstract PDF
Michael Burawoy 869-886


Society in Transition- Journal of the South African Sociological Association 35(1), 35 (2) 2004


Sotsiologicheskie Issledovaniya (Russuan) 35(4), 2009


Contemporary Sociology- a Journal of Reviews

37 (6), 2008 A Symposium on Public Sociology

Valerie Jenness, David A. Smith, and Judith Stepan-Norris

Editors’ Note: Public Sociology: Looking Back and Forward
Contemporary Sociology: A Journal of Reviews 2008 37: ix-x. [PDF]

Kenneth C. Land

Whither Public Sociology?
Contemporary Sociology: A Journal of Reviews 2008 37: 507-511. [PDF]

Pepper Schwartz

The Contested Territory of Public Sociology
Contemporary Sociology: A Journal of Reviews 2008 37: 512-515. [PDF]

Judith Blau

A Better World. Possible? But of Course!
Contemporary Sociology: A Journal of Reviews 2008 37: 515-519. [PDF]

J. Steven Picou

In Search of a Public Environmental Sociology: Ecological Risks in the Twenty-First Century
Contemporary Sociology: A Journal of Reviews 2008 37: 520-523. [PDF]

Douglas Klayman

Creating Sociological Awareness: Public and Applied Sociology
Contemporary Sociology: A Journal of Reviews 2008 37: 524-530. [PDF]



Current Sociology 56 (3), 2008


Dennis Smith

Editorial: Beyond Greed, Fear and Anger
Current Sociology 2008 56: 347-350. [PDF]

Michael Burawoy

What is to be Done?: Theses on the Degradation of Social Existence in a Globalizing World
Current Sociology 2008 56: 351-359. [Abstract] [PDF]

Alberto Martinelli

Sociology in Political Practice and Public Discourse
Current Sociology 2008 56: 361-370. [Abstract] [PDF]

Dennis Smith

Globalization, Degradation and the Dynamics of Humiliation
Current Sociology 2008 56: 371-379. [Abstract] [PDF]

Michel Wieviorka

Some Considerations after Reading Michael Burawoy’s Article: `What is to be Done? Theses on the Degradation of Social Existence in a Globalizing World’
Current Sociology 2008 56: 381-388. [Abstract] [PDF]

Adam Habib

Speaking `Truth’ to All Forms of Power: Reflections on the Role of the Public Sociologist in South Africa
Current Sociology 2008 56: 389-398. [Abstract] [PDF]

Shen Yuan

Strong and Weak Intervention: Two Pathways for Sociological Intervention
Current Sociology 2008 56: 399-404. [Abstract] [PDF]

Elena Zdravomyslova

`Make Way for Professional Sociology!’: Public Sociology in the Russian Context
Current Sociology 2008 56: 405-414. [Abstract] [PDF]

Ruy Braga, Sylvia Gemignani Garcia, and Leonardo Mello e Silva

Public Sociology and Social Engagement: Considerations on Brazil
Current Sociology 2008 56: 415-424. [Abstract] [PDF]

Amita Baviskar

Pedagogy, Public Sociology and Politics in India: What is to be Done?
Current Sociology 2008 56: 425-433. [Abstract] [PDF]

Michael Burawoy

Rejoinder: For a Subaltern Global Sociology?
Current Sociology 2008 56: 435-444. [Abstract] [PDF]


Labour & Industry 19(1-2), 2008


Work and Occupation 36 (2), 2009

Michael Burawoy

The Global Turn: Lessons From Southern Labor Scholars and Their Labor Movements
Work and Occupations 2009 36: 87-95. [Abstract] [PDF]

Marco Aurélio Santana and Ruy Braga

Brazil: The Swinging Pendulum Between Labor Sociology and Labor Movement
Work and Occupations 2009 36: 96-109. [Abstract] [PDF]

Ching Kwan Lee and Yuan Shen

China: The Paradox and Possibility of a Public Sociology of Labor
Work and Occupations 2009 36: 110-125. [Abstract] [PDF]

Sharit K. Bhowmik

India: Labor Sociology Searching for a Direction
Work and Occupations 2009 36: 126-144. [Abstract] [PDF]

Sakhela Buhlungu

South Africa: The Decline of Labor Studies and the Democratic Transition
Work and Occupations 2009 36: 145-161. [Abstract] [PDF]

Soon-Kyoung Cho

South Korea: Toward a Collective Public Sociology of Labor
Work and Occupations 2009 36: 162-176. [Abstract] [PDF]


Other notable Journal articles

Vaughan, D. (2006). “NASA revisited: Theory, analogy, and public sociology.” American Journal of Sociology 112(2): 353-393. – an interesting case study of how sociological expertise is negotiated in the process of being communicated via wider readers

Keith, M. (2008). “Public sociology? Between heroic immersion and critical distance: Personal reflections on academic engagement with political life.” Critical Social Policy 28(3): 320-334.

Gans, H. J. (2010). “Public ethnography; ethnography as public sociology.” Qualitative Sociology 33(1): 97-104.


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7 replies »

  1. Une fois de plus un post véritablement intéressant

  2. J’ai guère terminé de regarder par contre je passerai dans
    la semaine

  3. thanks a lot for public sociology article

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