Readings (Save Sociology)

Below are some writings that offer background information and opinions on various aspects of the state and development of sociology as an academic discipline, with a special focus on public sociology.

About Public Sociology (by Mathieu Deflem)

The Structural Transformation of Sociology. Society 50(2): 156-166, 2013.

Sociological Certainty? Letter. Salt Lake Tribune, April 14, 2013.

Video: The Privacy of Public Sociology: Transatlantic Revelations. Lecture delivered at The University of Glasgow, Scotland, April 24, 2009.

Public Sociology, Hot Dogs, Apple Pie, and Chevrolet. The Journal of Professional and Public Sociology, 2005.

The War in Iraq and the Peace of San Francisco: Breaking the Code of Public Sociology. Peace, War & Social Conflict, Newsletter of the ASA section, November 2004.

Letter to the Editor (The Proper Role of Sociology in the World at Large) - The Chronicle Review, October 1, 2004.

There’s the ASA, But Where’s the Sociology? - Public Forum. Footnotes, the ASA Newsletter, July/August 2004, 32(6), p. 9. With a response by Michael Burawoy, “Democracy in Question: Reply to Deflem.”

Related Writings by Mathieu Deflem

That’s in a Name: Concerning the ASA Career Award. Footnotes, ASA Newsletter, 36(3):8, March 2008.

Single-Issue Voting Tactic? Public Forum. Footnotes, ASA Newsletter, 34(5):12, May/June 2006. Followed by a comment by Christine E. Bose and Catherine Zimmer, “ASA Candidates: Reply to Deflem,” Footnotes, 34(6):8, July/August 2006, and a response by Deflem: “Response to SWS,” Ibid.

Sociologists, One More Effort! A Propos Goodwin. Comparative & Historical Sociology, ASA Section newsletter, 16(2):4-6, 2005. With a response by Goodwin.

Crime and Deviance at Social Forces. Crime and Juvenile Delinquency Division News, SSSP Newsletter, 2005, p. 2.

Comment (on public sociology). Contemporary Sociology 34(1):92-93, January 2005.

Southernizing Social Forces. The Southern Sociologist, Newsletter of the Southern Sociological Society, 36(3):12-15, Winter 2005.

Large Mug, Mousepad, Infant Creeper, Bib, Dog T-Shirt: The Professional Group Revisited. Perspectives, the ASA Theory section newsletter, 27(4 ):15, 2004.

Academic Freedom and Publishing, Or: The ASA Police Never Sleeps... Amici, ASA Sociology of Law section newsletter, 11(2):10, 2004.

How the ASA Leadership Damages Sociological Research: A Scholarly and Professional Viewpoint. Amici, ASA Sociology of Law section newsletter, 11(2):12, 2004.

Resolutions? What resolutions? I don't need no stinking resolutions! An online response on the Iraq War Resolution at the ASA Forum, April 22, 2003, 10:46 am.

Commentaries

Sociology and Classical Liberalism [pdf] - By Daniel B. Klein and Charlotta Stern. The Independent Review, 2006.

The Heart of Sociology (PowerPoint) - By James Moody, Ohio State University, April 29, 2005.

Is Sociology Stuck in the 60s? - By Kenneth Wagner. History News Network, 2005.

Politicizing social science: against the tide - From AtlanticBlog, November 15, 2004.

The Decline of Professional Sociology - From the Blog of William Sjostrom, August 24, 2004.

Sociologists to the Barricades - Richard Tomasson in Footnotes, Sept/Oct 2000. See also: Sociologists to the Barricades: Thinkers Who Would Be Doers See Social Injustice Wherever They Turn - By Walter Goodman, New York Times, August 19, 2000.


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