Public engagement was a strong feature of the social sciences from their birth. Could one imagine Hobbes, Locke, or the Scottish moralists as mere academics? Weber, Durkheim, and the great Chicago School sociologists had university jobs but both public concerns and private audiences. Social scientists today contribute to public understanding of issues from social inequality to the transformations of the family. . . . Read more at Craig Calhoun's Web site.
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The Heart of the Matter
- Problem choice is fundamental
- Public social science does not equal applied social science
- Engagement with public constituencies must move beyond a dissemination model
- Universities have a public mission
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