Problem-Solving Sociology

Problem-solving sociology uses sociological insights and ideas to solve social problems, and uses the solving of social problems to advance sociological theory.  See this brief introduction and this theoretical discussion, listen to a podcast, or order the book.

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Upcoming Events

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Saturday, August 10, 2024 at 4-5:30pm Eastern

Theory Section Session 

Theory and The World’s Problems: Perspectives on Using Sociology to Create Change

Saturday, August 10, 2024 at 6-9pm Eastern

Theory and Social Inquiry Launch Party

Monday, August 12, 2024 at 10-11:00am Eastern

Decision-Making, Social Networks, and Society Section Invited Session 

Coordination Problems, Unintended Consequences, and Solving Social Problems

September 27 at 3-4pm, 2024

Virtual Coffee Hour with Jose Eos Trinidad

Education and Civil Society in the Postcolony

October 18-20, 2024 at Johns Hopkins University

10th Annual Sociology of Development Conference, "Solving Global Poverty"

Mirta Toledo, "Pure Diversity"