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September 7th, 2011

The Return of the Repressed: Recovering the Public Face of U.S. Sociology

Submitted by Michael Burawoy, University of California, Berkeley

The founding of the American Sociological Society took place in 1905 at the annual meeting of the American Economics Association.[1] Sociology’s declaration of independence marked the coming of age of the new discipline, taking it from a social movement of reformers and utopians into the era of 20th century professionalism. Lester Ward, vociferous opponent of [...]

August 5th, 2011

Redefining the Public University: Developing an Analytical Framework

Submitted by Michael Burawoy, University of California, Berkeley

The university is in crisis, almost everywhere. In the broadest terms, the university’s position as simultaneously inside and outside society, simultaneously participant in and observer of society – always precarious – has been eroded. With the exception of a few hold‐outs the ivory tower has gone. We can no longer hold a position of splendid [...]

June 6th, 2010

A New Vision of the Public University

Submitted by Michael Burawoy, University of California, Berkeley

[This is an older version. A completely revised and much extended version of this essay is posted here.] The university is in crisis everywhere.[1] In the broadest terms, the university’s position as simultaneously inside and outside society, simultaneously participant in and observer of society, – always precarious – is being eroded. With the exception of [...]

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