Quiz for Chapter 20
Multiple Choice Questions
1. Professional sociology's legitimation is based on ________.
a) scientific norms
Answer: A (Page 503)
2. ________ is a group that is studied by sociologists and that uses sociologists as collaborators in order to advance their interests.
a) A culture
b) A society
c) A public
d) A politic
Answer: C (Page 504)
3. ________ are shorthand descriptions of cause-and-effect connections.
a) Anecdotal stories
b) Causal stories
c) Explanatory stories
d) Narrative devices
Answer: C (Page 515)
True or False Questions
1. Most academics distrust the emancipatory potential of knowledge.
Answer: False (Page 514)
2. Weber didn't believe that sociology could help humanity find a kind of freedom in rationalization.
Answer: False (Page 500)
3. For Burawoy, sociology as a discipline is not responsible for the commitments and alliances that individual sociologists make.
Answer: True (Page 505)
Fill in the Blank Questions
1. Critical sociology serves as the ________ of professional sociology.
Answer: conscience (Page 502)
2. Burawoy drew on Bourdieu's concept of ________.
Answer: field (Page 504)
3. One of the roles of sociology, Burawoy notes, is to define human ________.
Answer: categories (Page 504)
Short Answer Questions
1. What is Charles Tittle's criticism of public sociology?
Answer: For Tittle, public sociology undermines the chances of sociological knowledge ever being taken seriously in public arenas.
2. What were John Porter's goals for sociology?
Answer: Porter had three goals for sociology: to develop an objective conception of the Good Society; to describe sociology's contribution to realizing that goal; and to develop a method that would allow us to measure societal progress along the way.
3. What do explanatory stories minimize or ignore?