Sociologists study social inequality in all aspects of life, both locally and across the globe. Yet, they seldom examine their own house. The time has come for sociologists to take a hard look in the mirror, to be reflexive about how social inequality operates within our departments, within our professional organizations, and within our discipline. Race, gender, class, and sexual orientation, for example, matter in society as well as in our discipline. It could not be otherwise, as we, sociologists, carry the imprint of the social. Consciously and unconsciously, through our actions and inactions, we reproduce social inequalities in sociology despite our collective support for diversity and inclusion. This special section follows the town hall plenary at the 2016 American Sociological Association meetings in Seattle, Washington, calling for extended discussion and debate regarding the multiple ways in which social cleavages are reproduced in sociology. The contributors offer their thoughts on the most important issues currently facing sociology and what needs to happen moving forward.
- American Sociological Association
- decolonizing the social
- engaged sociology
- social inequality
- white male privilege
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Sociology and Political Science