This Report shows the magnitude and complexity of violence in U.S. society, explicates the important ways that social science has already contributed knowledge, and sets forth a challenging set of research directions. The Report makes clear the need for a sustained violence initiative to produce fundamental research. Federal support for a major initiative requires an examination of priorities for allocating scarce resources. Across the landscape of serious issues where serious science must be done, research on violence should be enlarged. Increased funding for a national violence...
American sociology has a long tradition of using social science research to both study and inform public issues and public policy as well as to inform efforts to assist individuals, groups, and organizations in their social contexts. Applied sociology and sociological practice date to the nineteenth century. Working to ensure social science is communicated to individuals and groups that can use and benefit from it, applied sociology has expanded in the modern era. It may also involve working with community-based organizations, social movements, or public agencies, to produce new knowledge.
Specific effort by sociologists to bring science-based knowledge to publics and policy makers by translating theory and research into usable form has recently been referred to as “public sociology.”
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Sociologists interested in application and sociological practice should consider joining the ASA Section on Sociological Practice and Public Sociology. The purpose of the Section is to advance sociologically-informed research and practice, to further public discussion of sociological issues, and to promote the use of sociology to inform public policy