Pulling in those people and concepts often ignored in normative academic settings, this book opens the way for a new kind of democratic politics one based on grounded concepts and meaningful social participation. The chapters are personal biographies which, taken together, provide a broad prescription for social change, both within and outside the university.
1. Comrades and Colons (Terry Eagleton).
2. Tales of Western Adventure (Patricia Limerick).
3. Open Letter to C. Wright Mills (Michael Burawoy).
4. Craven Emotional Warriors (Melissa W. Wright).
5. Population, Environment, War, and Racism: Adventures of a Public Scholar (Paul R. Ehrlich).
6. The Something We Can Do (David Domke).
7. Philadelphia Dreaming: Discovering Citizenship between the University and the Schools (Julia Reinhard Lupton).
8. Beyond Positivism: Public Scholarship in Support of Health (Dennis Raphael).
9. Weaving Solidarity from Oneonta to Oxchuc (Katherine O Donnell).
10. Demand the Possible: Journeys in Changing Our World as a Public Activist–Scholar (Paul Chatterton).
11. Becoming a Scholar–Advocate: Participatory Research with Children (Meghan Cope).
12. Why am I Engaged? (Walden Bello).
13. Drugs, Data, Race and Reaction: A Field Report (Katherine Beckett).
14. Confessions of a Desk–Bound Radical (Don Mitchell).
15. Becoming a Public Scholar to Improve the Health of the US Population (Stephen Bezruchka).
16. The Humanities and the Public Soul (Julie Ellison).
17. This Fist Called My Heart: Public Pedagogy in the Belly of the Beast (Peter McLaren).
18. The Surprising Sense of Hope (Jenny Pickerill).
19. The Making of a Public Intellectual (Howard Zinn).
20. When Theory Meets Politics (Doreen Massey).
Highly recommended for faculty, this book raises some uncomfortable questions that "activist" scholars must confront. (International Journal of Social Welfare , July 2009)