Politics in the Human Interest : Applying Sociology in the Real World
This book presents the striking proposition that by paying attention to what's been learned about human behavior, we can develop a political agenda that is in the human interest. Such values provide the basis for an action-oriented sociology. Poltics in the Human Interest explores the theoretical foundation of a humanistic sociology. It is a call for the return to the original progressive agenda - that knowledge about human behavior can be used to create social progress and a better world.
- Hardback | 150 pages
- 154.9 x 226.1 x 15.2mm | 317.52g
- 30 Apr 2007
- Lexington Books
- Lanham, MD, United States
This is a stimulating, fervent effort, valuable in its wisdom and challenges...The authors...respect their profession, care about its direction, and offer an excellent framework for discussion and action toward a social science that helps people. PsycCRITIQUES Across the disciplines, neutrality of method is confused with neutrality of substance. Research closely tied to social advocacy is reflexively viewed as tainted. Du Bois and Wright bravely challenge this assumption, reconnecting the academic practice of sociology with its original idealism - to identify the sources of,and find solutions to genuine human problems. This fresh perspective on social science has direct application in many areas of research, certainly not least in my own field of social work. -- Daniel Liechty, Illinois State University
About William Du Bois
William Du Bois, Ph.D. is assistant professor of Justice Administration at Southwest Minnesota State University. R. Dean Wright, Ph.D. is Ellis and Nelle Levitt Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Sociology at Drake University.
Table of contents
Chapter 1 The Politics of Sociology Chapter 2 Sociology and Social Change Chapter 3 The Human Agenda:Values and Priorities Chapter 4 The Progressive Agenda:Positive Social Change Chapter 5 The Knowledge Wars Chapter 6 Public Education Chapter 7 Human Nature:Basic Needs and Processes Chapter 8 Progressive Politics:The Mind Intervenes in Evolution Chapter 9 The Foundations of Humanistic Sociology