Working Notes is a free, peer-reviewed online publication hosted by the Sociology At Work (S@W) website. The articles are available to the public, with the aim to provide a platform for applied sociologists to share their experiences and expertise with a broad audience. We welcome diverse contributions covering a broad range of topics of relevance to the professionalism and advocacy work undertaken applied sociologists, including analysis of their research projects and activism, as well as reflection pieces about their careers. For our purposes, applied sociology refers to sociological work conducted outside of a university for a client or interest group, including not-for-profit groups, community organisations, private institutions and government. For further discussion on this definition of applied sociology, see the "What is Applied Sociology?" page of S@W.
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Braga, R., S. Gemignani Garcia, E Silva, L. M. (2008) ‘Public Sociology and Social Engagement: Considerations on Brazil’, Current Sociology 56(3): 415-424.
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Gouldner, A. W. (1965) ‘Explorations in Applied Social Science’, pp. 5-22 in A. W. Gouldner (Ed) Applied Sociology: Opportunities and Problems. New York: Free Press.
ASA (American Sociological Association) (2006). ‘What Can I Do with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology?’: A National Survey of Seniors Majoring in Sociology: First Glances: What Do They Know and Where are They Going? Washington: American Sociological Association, Research and Development Department.
Sorensen, R. (2007) ‘Arts Failed Demand Test’, The Australian, Higher Education, 30 May. Last accessed online 26 May 2008: http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,25197,22137656-12332,00.html
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