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Sociology and the Public Agenda
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Sociology and the Public Agenda

Edited by:
  • William Julius Wilson - Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government, USA, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, USA, University of Kansas, Lawrence, USA, University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA


April 1993 | 391 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
The editor of this volume asserts that sociology's ostrich-like stance threatens to leave the discipline in a position of irrelevance to the world at large and compromises the support of policymakers, funders, media and the public.

Wilson's vision is of a sociology attuned to the public agenda, influencing public policy through both short and long-range analysis from a sociological perspective. Using a variety of policy issues, perspectives, methods and cases, the distinguished contibutors to this volume both demonstrate and emphasize Wilson's ideas.

 
INTRODUCTION
SOCIOLOGY, SOCIAL SCIENCE, AND THE PUBLIC POLICY AGENDA  
William Julius Wilson
Can Sociology Play a Greater Role in Shaping the National Agenda?
Carol H Weiss
The Interaction of the Sociological Agenda and Public Policy
John W Kingdon
How Do Issues Get on Public Policy Agendas?
Steven Brint
The Powers and the Intellectuals
Benchmark Texts and Changing Conditions  
 
PART ONE: THE POLITICS OF CITIZENSHIP
Rogers Brubaker
Migrants Into Citizens? Traditions of Nationhood and Politics of Citizenship in France and Germany
J Donald Moon
Citizenship and Welfare
Social Democratic and Liberal Perspectives  
Roger Lawson
`Social Citizenship', Work and Social Solidarity
Historical Comparisons Between Britain and Sweden  
 
PART TWO: ORGANIZATIONS, SOCIAL MOVEMENTS, AND PUBLIC POLICY
Philippe C Schmitter
Organizations as (Secondary) Citizens
David Knoke
Networks as Political Glue
Explaining Public Policy-Making  
Neil Fligstein and Linda Markowitz
Financial Reorganization of American Corporations in the 1980s
Anne Wortham
The Conservative Revolution That Wasn't
New Right Populism and the Preservation of New Deal Liberalism  
 
PART THREE: THE PUBLIC AGENDA: ADDRESSING HIGH PRIORITY SOCIAL PROBLEMS
Frank F Furstenberg Jr
How Families Manage Risk and Opportunity in Dangerous Neighborhoods
Robert J Sampson
The Community Context of Violent Crime
Peter H Rossi
The Politics of Homelessness
James P Comer
Inner-City Education
A Theoretical and Intervention Model  
Roberta M Spalter-Roth, Heidi I Hartmann and Linda M Andrews
Mothers, Children, and Low-Wage Work
The Ability to Earn a Family Wage  
 
PART FOUR: ISSUES FOR THE PUBLIC AGENDA
Barbara R Bergmann
The French Child Welfare System
An Excellent System We Could Adapt and Afford  
Philip Harvey
Employment as a Human Right

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