Practising Public Scholarship Experiences and Possibilities Beyond the Academy

Edition: 1st
Format: Paperback
Pub. Date: 2008-10-27
Publisher(s): Wiley-Blackwell
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A cross-disciplinary collection of 20 essays describing the journey to public scholarship, exploring the pleasures and perils associated with breaching the town-gown divide.Includes contributions from departments of geography, comparative literature, sociology, communications, history, English, public health, and biology Discusses their efforts to reach beyond the academy and to make their ideas and research broadly accessible to a wider audience Opens the way for a new kind of democratic politics-one based on grounded concepts and meaningful social participation Includes deeply personal accounts about the journey to becoming a public scholar and to intervening politically in the world, while remaining within a university system Provides a broad prescription for social change, both within and outside the university

Author Biography

Katharyne Mitchell is Professor of Geography and the Simpson Professor in the Public Humanities at the University of Washington. Her research and teaching focus on urban development, education, and migration. From 2004 to 2007 she was the founding director of Reclaiming Childhood, an interdisciplinary and community oriented collaboration examining the changing nature of American childhood under neoliberalism. See Recent books include Crossing the Neoliberal Line: Pacific Rim Migration and the Metropolis (2004) and, with Sallie Marston and Cindi Katz, Life’s Work: Geographies of Social Reproduction (Blackwell, 2004).

Table of Contents

Introduction: Becoming Political
Comrades and Colons
Tales of Western Adventure
Open Letter to C. Wright Mills
Craven Emotional Warriors
Population, Environment, War, and Racism: Adventures of a Public Scholar
The Something We Can Do
Philadelphia Dreaming: Discovering Citizenship between the University and the Schools
Beyond Positivism: Public Scholarship in Support of Health
Weaving Solidarity from Oneonta to Oxchuc
Demand the Possible: Journeys in Changing Our World as a Public Activist-Scholar
Becoming a Scholar-Advocate: Participatory Research with Children
Why am I Engaged?
Drugs, Data, Race and Reaction: A Field Report
Confessions of a Desk-Bound Radical
Becoming a Public Scholar to Improve the Health of the US Population
The Humanities and the Public Soul
This Fist Called My Heart: Public Pedagogy in the Belly of the Beast
The Surprising Sense of Hope
The Making of a Public Intellectual
When Theory Meets Politics
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