Public Sociology, Live!
This experimental course brings public sociologists in different parts of the world into conversations with Berkeley undergraduates. The 12 discussions were video recorded and posted on Berkeley youtube and the ISA website where they were watched and discussed by classes around the world -- Oslo, Tehran, Barcelona, Sao Paulo, Kyiv, and Johannesburg. The latter posted summaries of their discussions on facebook, engendering further discussion about the issues, dilemmas and practice of public sociology in different places. A blog brings all the material together, but you can find all the readings and videos below.
Syllabus / Blog / Facebook
VIDEOS AND READINGS
Michael Burawoy: What is Public Sociology?
Manuel Castells: The Power of Communication
Nandini Sundar: Insurgency and Counter-Insurgency in India
César Rodríguez-Garavito: Social Minefields in Latin America
Ramon Flecha and Marta Soler: Overcoming Inequality through Dialogue
Walden Bello: Between Truth and Power
Karl Von Holdt: Transforming the South African State
Sari Hanafi: Governing Palestinean Refugee Camps
Michel Wieviorka: The Dilemmas of Sociological Intervention
Pun Ngai: Fighting Apple and its Global Supply Chain (Video is not publicly available)
Frances Fox Piven: Power from Below
Michael Burawoy and Laleh Behbehanian: Conclusion: Dilemmas of Public Sociology