Academic journal article New Zealand Sociology

Public Sociology and Civil Society: Governance, Politics, and Power

Academic journal article New Zealand Sociology

Public Sociology and Civil Society: Governance, Politics, and Power

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Nickel, Patricia Mooney (2011) Public Sociology and Civil Society: Governance, Politics, and Power. Paradigm Publishers

During the past ten years the terms public sociology, civil society, and governance have been used with increasing frequency to describe a wide array of practices, from public intellectuality and political action to governing and public service. These concepts are often used interchangeably and with different meanings across varying disciplines. The capacity for these concepts to convey critical ideas is an important foundation for debating what it means to practice knowledge publically and to govern democratically. In Public Sociology and Civil Society: Governance, Politics, and Power Patricia Nickel weaves together various disciplinary understandings of the practice of knowledge and governance through the lens of recent debates over the ideal of public sociology and its emphasis on civil society. Nickel explains the concepts underlying these debates and provides a critical clarification of the concepts of civil society and governance as they have been used over the past ten years, drawing attention to the need to reframe public intellectuality and public service outside of traditional disciplinary boundaries. …

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