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Sociology 185: Public Sociology (Spring 2012, UC Berkeley). Instructors: Prof. Michael Burawoy and Prof. Laleh Behbehanian.

"Public Sociology, Live!" is a global course that brings distinguished sociologists from around the world into conversations about the ways in which their work can be seen as public sociology. It will be concerned with the way sociologists (rep)present sociology to the worlds they study, the ways and means sociologists use to disseminate their knowledge. How does sociological knowledge become part of other people's worlds? This is what we call "public sociology".

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  • Lecture 01 – Michael Burawoy: What is Public Sociology? Unlimited
  • Lecture 02 – Manuel Castells: The Power of Communication Unlimited
  • Lecture 03 – Nandini Sundar: Insurgency & Counter-Insurgency in India Unlimited
  • Lecture 04 – Cesar Rodriguez-Garavito: Social Minefields of Latin America Unlimited
  • Lecture 05 – Ramon Flecha and Marta Soler: Overcoming Inequality through Dialogue Unlimited
  • Lecture 06 – Walden Ballo: Sociology Between Truth & Power Unlimited
  • Lecture 07 – Karl von Holdt: Transforming the South African State Unlimited
  • Lecture 08 – Sari Hanafi: Governing Palestinian Refugees Unlimited
  • Lecture 09 – Michel Wieviorka: The Dilemmas of Sociological Intervention Unlimited
  • Lecture 11 – Frances Fox Piven: Power from Below Unlimited
  • Lecture 12 – Michael Burawoy & Laleh Behbehanian: Dilemmas of Public Sociology Unlimited

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