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Teaching Toward Praxis And Political Engagement

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This chapter looks outside the classroom to possible forms of academic civic engagement with the undergraduate public. It argues that academic sociologists can and should make social justice and political engagement a central part of sociological pedagogy, not only within the classroom but in the larger university environment. In particular, the chapter suggests that connecting the students to the lived experiences of those involved in contemporary social justice activism and social movements is a core task of public sociology. It discusses the experiences engaging undergraduate students (sociology majors and others) in two types of connection with social justice action and social movements.

Keywords: academic civic engagement; political engagement; praxis; social justice; sociological pedagogy; undergraduate students



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