Each of these is an important instance of “public” social science. And indeed a variety of efforts are underway both to call more attention to the public value of social science and to make sure social science is published in ways that reach broader publics. The American Sociological Association annual meeting this August focused on “public sociology.” A “public anthropology” section has just formed in the American Anthropological Association. Related concerns were part of the “perestroika” agenda for reform of the American Political Science Association. Several associations have either founded or are considering new journals to bring scholarship to a broader public. These efforts are all important.
However, I want to suggest four crucial ingredients of a more public social science that are not always stressed in such discussions...
- Toward a More Public Social Science
- Calhoun, Craig Jackson
- Social Science Research Council, 2004
- Calhoun, Craig Jackson, Toward a More Public Social Science (New York: Social Science Research Council, 2004).