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Voices From The Margin

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Burawoy suggested that sociologists in the U.S. are fighting in ‘fields of power’ wherein instrumental sociological knowledge prevails over reflexive practice. Few sociologists, irrespective of their political persuasions, would reject the idea of building a public sociology. In the name of global competitiveness, quality assurance and the objective assessment of academic performance, university management, in Hong Kong and increasingly in other countries in this region, has re-defined what is professional academic output. In Hong Kong, only one non-discipline-based social science journal publishes Chinese articles, the Hong Kong Journal of Social Sciences. The association of public sociology with civil society and the social and with the defense of different kinds of human rights on a global scale is more of a theoretically deduced construct than a projection based upon a sociology of sociology.

Keywords: Burawoy; civil society; Hong Kong; public sociology; university management



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