D. L. Brunsma, D. Oerelt / Societies Without Borders 2 (2007) 63–74
est devenue contente de documenter le dystopia, et, en même temps, d’exploiter ceux qui lut-tent sous le poids structural des sociétés, menant à une discipline dont le travail reproduit lesstructures de la domination mêmes qu’on étudie. Par ce reirean dialogue, nous considéronsdes épistémologies et des pédagogies de justice, de libérté, et d’humanité. Nous espérons quece dialogue critique encouragera plus de conversation vers imaginer une sociologie sans ron-tières – loin de l’impérialisme de l’épistémologie, de la méthodologie, et de la pratique soci-ologiques américaines.
critical sociology, pedagogy, epistemology, Paulo Freire, utopistics
: Yes, sociology is indeed in a state. However, beore lament-ing, I want to start by sending us back a bit. A memory, perhaps ading. Let’sdrif back to an Introduction to Sociology course where you ell in love withthe discipline o sociology – a discipline that oered both explanation andhope. hink about the proessor who led that class through material that,though it did not have denitive answers, had the most wonderul questionsand thus your sociological imagination was developed. Allow yoursel to beenveloped in the memory o the sociology proessor whose passion or whatshe did both broke through the cynicism as well as shone light on your shad-owed dreams. Sociology oered us a road map and a set o tools in our early walks towards social justice – it did or me, yes. It is true, I think, that by andlarge we have come and continue to come to sociology with experiences,notions, something called (by those who take pleasure in turning the pursuito justice into ideology) “idealism,” and, we have come with desires to “makethe world a better place” or all who inhabit it. Remember?
Yes, I do remember. It was a time and a place when I cameopen hearted, desperately seeking reason, seeking understanding, seeking mysel. I came as a ulnerable and rebellious mind. I was ofered a critical look at aworld with which I was so desperately ustrated – a world which seeks so muchdomination. I was told sociology was the science o liberation – I came to learnthe operatie word: was. Sociology has simply become a science.
: Your observations are timely, important, and I hearsuch rustrations articulated more ofen than I would like to acknowledge.Let’s think about the classic readings by Peter Berger, C. Wright Mills, EmileDurkheim, and, yes, W.E.B. DuBois and several critical others who “invite”us and our students to sociology, who ask us to question, who ask us to speaktruth to power – perhaps these early introductions give us the master’s tools