Partisan, scholarly and active : arguments for an organic public sociology of work

Brook, P and Darlington, RR 2013, 'Partisan, scholarly and active : arguments for an organic public sociology of work' , Work, Employment and Society, 27 (2) , pp. 232-243.

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Despite a thriving tradition of critical scholarship in UK-based sociology of work, Burawoy’s call for a partisan organic public sociology that is part of ‘a social movement beyond the academy’ and Bourdieu’s plea for committed scholarship in the service of the social movement against neo-liberalism have received scant attention. This article seeks to stimulate debate by presenting a framework for a left-radical organic public sociology of work based on Gramsci’s concept of the connected organic intellectual rather than Bourdieu’s expert committed scholar. The latter, it is argued, is incompatible with activist partisan scholarship based on democratised relations between researchers and researched. Participatory Action Research is offered as a methodological orientation that underpins and enables organic scholars of work to engage actively with the marginalised and labour in the co-creation of knowledge that aids their struggles for change.

Item Type: Article
Themes: Subjects outside of the University Themes
Schools: Schools > Salford Business School
Schools > Salford Business School > Salford Business School Research Centre
Journal or Publication Title: Work, Employment and Society
Publisher: Sage Publications
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0950-0170
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Funders: Non funded research
Depositing User: RR Darlington
Date Deposited: 22 Mar 2013 10:32
Last Modified: 15 Feb 2022 16:26

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