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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Friday, March 1, 2024 at 12PM Pacific / 3pm Eastern

Virtual Coffee Hour with Jensen Sass and John Braithwaite

Leveraged Decommodification: Tempering Domination in Academic Publishing


Friday, March 15, 2024 at 12PM Pacific / 3pm Eastern

Virtual Coffee Hour with Xuemei Cao

Assigning (un)Deservingness: How Do Aging Services Shape Older Immigrants’ Access to Formal Support


Friday, March 29, 2024 at 12PM Pacific / 3PM Eastern 

The Second Annual Solving Climate Change Panel with Joshua Basseches, Jason Beckfield, Ankit Bhardwaj, Taylor Braswell, Daniel Driscoll, and Raka Sen


Friday, April 12, 2024 at 12PM Pacific / 3pm Eastern

Virtual Coffee Hour with Jasmine Sausedo, Michelle Naffziger-Hirsch, and Monica Prasad

Missing Fields: Community Colleges and Socio-Economic Mobility


Friday, May 3, 2024 at 12PM Pacific / 3pm Eastern

Virtual Coffee Hour with Jose Eos Trinidad

Education and Civil Society in the Postcolony

Mirta Toledo, "Pure Diversity"