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Reflecting on Michael Burawoy’s classificaton of sociology into professional, critical, policy, and public types, and the adoption of the latter as the theme of the ASA’s 99th Annual Meeting, in this paper I argue that the drive towards increasingly global and world-historical public sociologies may prove hazardous in the absence of a parallel emphasis on the development and practice of private inter/intrapersonal sociologies. This requires self-critical revisitation of our basic definitions and theories in sociology in order to develop unified theoretical frameworks that meet the challenges of understanding and practicing the dialectics of public and private social processes in the twenty-first century. We need to move beyond Newtonian definitions and theorizations of sociology and embrace new quantal sociological imaginations that integrally engage our macro and micro sociologies in favor of simultaneously world-historical and inter/intrapersonal frameworks. Public sociologies can not advance our theoretical and applied sociologies of what is or what can be in the absence of parallel efforts in invigorating our sociological imaginations in our private, inter/intrapersonal social landscapes. Although personal troubles can best be understood in relationship to broader public issues, the latter themselves can most effectively be addressed and resolved through the action of specific individual agencies who champion the need for broader socio-historical interpretation and change as deeply personal exercises in self-knowledge and self-liberation. As Mills reminded us, what sparks the sociological imagination is the meeting of public and private sociologies.

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Tamdgidi, Mohammad. "Private Sociologies and Burawoy's Sociology Types: Reflections on Newtonian and Quantum Sociological Imaginations" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association, Hilton San Francisco & Renaissance Parc 55 Hotel, San Francisco, CA,, Aug 14, 2004 <Not Available>. 2009-05-26 <http://www.allacademic.com/meta/p110793_index.html>

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Tamdgidi, M. H. , 2004-08-14 "Private Sociologies and Burawoy's Sociology Types: Reflections on Newtonian and Quantum Sociological Imaginations" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association, Hilton San Francisco & Renaissance Parc 55 Hotel, San Francisco, CA, Online <.PDF>. 2009-05-26 from http://www.allacademic.com/meta/p110793_index.html

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Abstract: Reflecting on Michael Burawoy’s classificaton of sociology into professional, critical, policy, and public types, and the adoption of the latter as the theme of the ASA’s 99th Annual Meeting, in this paper I argue that the drive towards increasingly global and world-historical public sociologies may prove hazardous in the absence of a parallel emphasis on the development and practice of private inter/intrapersonal sociologies. This requires self-critical revisitation of our basic definitions and theories in sociology in order to develop unified theoretical frameworks that meet the challenges of understanding and practicing the dialectics of public and private social processes in the twenty-first century. We need to move beyond Newtonian definitions and theorizations of sociology and embrace new quantal sociological imaginations that integrally engage our macro and micro sociologies in favor of simultaneously world-historical and inter/intrapersonal frameworks. Public sociologies can not advance our theoretical and applied sociologies of what is or what can be in the absence of parallel efforts in invigorating our sociological imaginations in our private, inter/intrapersonal social landscapes. Although personal troubles can best be understood in relationship to broader public issues, the latter themselves can most effectively be addressed and resolved through the action of specific individual agencies who champion the need for broader socio-historical interpretation and change as deeply personal exercises in self-knowledge and self-liberation. As Mills reminded us, what sparks the sociological imagination is the meeting of public and private sociologies.

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Private Sociologies and Burawoy’s Sociology Types: Reflections on Newtonian and Quantum Sociological Imaginations Submittted to the 99th Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association San Francisco CA August 14-17 2004 Annual Meeting Theme: “Public Sociologies” Mohammad H. Tamdgidi Ph.D. Assistant Professor Department of Sociology University of Massachusetts Boston mohammad.tamdgidi@umb.edu Reflecting on Michael Burawoy’s classificaton of sociology into professional critical policy and public types and the adoption of the latter as the theme of the ASA’s 99th Annual Meeting in
Human Architecture: Journal of the Sociology of Self- Knowledge Vol II no. 1 Spring. Tamdgidi Mohammad H. 2001. “Open the Antisystemic Movements: The Book the Concept and the Reality” Review XXIV 2:301-338. Wallerstein Immanuel. 1991a. Unthinking Social Science: The Limits of Nineteenth Century Paradigms. Cambridge: Polity Press. Wallerstein Immanuel. 1998a. Utopistics: Or Historical Choices of the Twenty-First Century. New York: The New Press. Young T. R. 1990. The Drama of Social Life: Essays in Post-Modern Social Psychology. New Brunswick:


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