Going public

The wheels of public sociology roll on: Brayden is organizing a session for next year’s ASA meetings, and Drek has cautious words on the politicizing of sociology. Drek’s thinking is in accord with some of my own thoughts on the policy implications of our research, particularly when he writes that:

Refusing to take a political stand is NOT a sign of moral cowardice or conservatism, but rather it is an action designed to preserve the efficacy of our research in public debates. Perhaps people won’t LIKE what we have to say, but if we take pains to preserve our objectivity, and to restrain our natural desire to take part in politics as a group, they can’t attack it on charges of prejudice.