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Katherine Twamley, Mark Doidge, and Andrea Scott

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781447318668

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447318668.001.0001

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Sociology as a science/technology of freedom

Sociology as a science/technology of freedom

(p.29) Three Sociology as a science/technology of freedom
Sociologists' Tales

Zygmunt Bauman

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In this chapter Zygmunt Bauman echoes Michael Burawoy’s call for ’public sociology’. The chapter makes an impassioned call for the importance of the discipline and to communicate changing society to the public. Drawing on a wide sociological scholarship, this chapter argues that from its earliest days, sociology has not only tried to explain society, but also to improve it. The chapter argues that there has never been more necessity for sociology than in the contemporary world. Contemporary society is more managerial and individualised and much more uncertain. This is when public sociology can help the wider public understand the tumultuous social world around us.

Keywords:   Michael Burawoy, public sociology, managerialism, the importance of sociology, power

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