1. Open Public Event: Doing Sociology with Diverse Publics
Wednesday 27th November 2019.
Sociology is an academic discipline dedicated to understanding the society that is its reason for being. Its practice necessarily involves disciplinary dialogue among professional sociologists, but they constitute only one – albeit pivotal – of its publics. Sociological theories, concepts, methods and applications can play an important role in constituting, informing, challenging and changing publics. Such tasks are especially important as societies become more dynamic and diverse in response to the pressures arising from, for example, accelerating globalisation, transnationalism, urban growth, social dislocation and fragmentation. Sociology can be ‘done’ in many environments, including classrooms, workplaces, communities and the media, in ways that nurture informed citizenship. It can also be brought to bear in addressing vital social issues in key policy-making domains.
This open public Panel, which is free of charge to people who are not TASA 2019 Conference delegates, brings together a range of sociologists and allied social scientists who use the discipline in many different ways and contexts. Panellists and audience-participants will discuss the benefits and obstacles of activating the sociological imagination among diverse publics.