Organic public sociology in the pragmatist perspective: A multifaceted approach

Ruth Horowitz

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    This article argues that American pragmatism provides a model for organic public sociology, defined by Michael Burawoy as the sociologist's direct involvement with a group in a collaborative effort to bring about change, which permits and encourages a combined professional research and activist project. I use my project involving medical licensing and disciplinary boards to illustrate how those projects can be successfully combined. I served as a public member, conducted research, and was an advocate for change.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)1-19
    Number of pages19
    JournalSymbolic Interaction
    Issue number1
    StatePublished - Dec 2011


    • Medicine
    • Pragmatism
    • Professions
    • Public sociology

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • General Nursing
    • Social Psychology
    • Education
    • Communication
    • Sociology and Political Science
    • General Social Sciences


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