9th Conference European Sociological Association

RS16 Russia and Its European Identity

2009-09-03 15:30:00 2009-09-03 17:00:00 Thursday, 3 September 15:30 - 17:00 Public Sociology in a Civil Environment in Russia Building II, C4.05

'Make Way to Professional Sociology!' or public sociology in the Russian context


The idea of public sociology invokes different responses in different scholarly settings.Sociology is a scholarly exercise sens frontiƩres but the situation in national sociological institutions opens different perspectives. Thus "Cultural translation" may give public sociology a meaning that had never been intended by the adherents of the idea.
In the paper I discuss the ongoing discussion about public sociology into the Russian scene. First I present the context of the current debate about the status of sociology in Russia. Then I map the controversy between professional and public sociology and discus different meanings that idea of public sociology get in the fragmented Russian professional community. Finally I suggest my reading of the public sociology agenda in the situation of a fight for professional sociology using the case of sociological education.
I claim that both political context and the level of institutionalization of sociology are crucial for the framing of its public role on the Russian scene The data discussed in the paper are numerous plenary speeches at the Russian sociological congress (2008), publications in sociological journals and the vast interview materials collected by D.Shalin and B.Doctorov and A. Alekseev.