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Public Sociology : From Social Facts to Literary Acts.

Author: Ben Agger
Publisher: Lanham : Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2007.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : 2nd edView all editions and formats
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Public Sociology examines the 'discourse' of mainstream journal articles in sociology in order to understand the essentially conservative nature of mainstream sociology. These articles primarily make advances in method, not substance. Drawing from Mills, critical theory and postmodernism, Agger develops a non-positivist version of sociological writing that is at once accessible and relevant to social problems.
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Agger, Ben.
Public Sociology : From Social Facts to Literary Acts.
Lanham : Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, ©2007
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Ben Agger
ISBN: 9781461641520 1461641527
OCLC Number: 854977791
Description: 1 online resource (584 pages)
Contents: New Social Formations; Title Page; Copyright Page; Dedication; Table of Contents; The Necessary Truth-Telling of a Public Sociology; Preface to Second Edition; Acknowledgments; 1 --
Sociology as Secret Writing: Lessons from Postmodernism; THE DISCOURSE OF A DISCIPLINE; READING SECRET WRITING; THE PROJECT OF SOCIAL PHYSICS; SOCIOLOGY AND THE CULTURAL TURN; SOCIOLOGICAL PROFESSIONALISM AND INSTITUTIONAL CREDIBILITY; A SOCIAL THEORY OF THE TEXT AND THE PUBLIC SPHERE; READING CONVERTS INTO WRITING; 2 --
Learning Discipline Discursively; READING BEFORE WRITING!; POSITIVISM AS A DISCURSIVE STRATEGY. APPRENTICESHIP TO SCIENTISM I: DE-AUTHORIZING ONE'S WRITINGAPPRENTICESHIP TO SCIENTISM II: CITATION AND THE CANON; APPRENTICESHIP TO SCIENTISM III: FIGURING THE WORLD; APPRENTICESHIP TO SCIENTISM IV: REVISION AND RESUBMISSION; 3 --
Beginning Science; OBSTRUCTED WRITING AND THE SCIENCE AURA; ABSTRACT; LITERATURE REVIEW; 4 --
Method as the Main Text; FIGURING METHODS AND MODELS; MATHEMATICS AS AURATIC DISCOURSE; INVERSION OF TEXT AND FIGURE; REPRESENTATION; 5 --
Concluding Science; UNDECIDABILITY AND DEFERRAL; THEORY'S SCIENCE ENVY; MARGINALIA: NOTES, BIBLIOGRAPHY, ACKNOWLEDGMENTS, TITLE. 6 --
"Maybe the Reviewer Is Just Dense": Review and Revision as ArgumentMETHODS-DRIVEN REVIEWS; THE AUTHOR ARGUES; EDITORS' WORK: UNDECIDABILITY AND THE PUBLICATION DECISION; 7 --
Was Sociology Always Like This?; THE PREHISTORY OF SCIENTIFIC SOCIOLOGY: 1938-1968; FIGURE AND THE SCIENCE AURA; LITERATURE REVIEW AND CUMULATION; MARGINALIA; 8 --
Sociological Writing in the Wake of Postmodernism; RETURNING TO SOCIOLOGY'S NARRATIVE PERIOD?; PUBLIC SCIENCE AND SOCIAL SCIENCE: NEW DISCOURSE AND DISCIPLINES; NARRATING A PUBLIC SOCIOLOGY; 9 --
Has Mainstream Sociology Gone Public? "PUBLIC SOCIOLOGY" AS A BRAND?COOPTATION OR CONTESTED TERRAIN?; THE PROVENANCE OF THE PUBLIC INTELLECTUAL AND ITS IMPLICATIONS FOR DISCIPLINARY WORK; THE SIXTIES AT FORTY: A MODEL FOR A TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY PUBLIC SOCIOLOGY; Appendix --
Articles in the Sample; Bibliography; Index; About the Author.
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Public Sociology examines the 'discourse' of mainstream journal articles in sociology in order to understand the essentially conservative nature of mainstream sociology. These articles primarily make advances in method, not substance. Drawing from Mills, critical theory and postmodernism, Agger develops a non-positivist version of sociological writing that is at once accessible and relevant to social problems.

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