Strategies of Public Intellectual Engagement

Mohamed Amine Brahimi, Marcos Gonzalez Hernando, Marcus Morgan*, Amin Perez

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This paper has three objectives. First, to explore the different meanings that the polysemic term ‘strategy’ can hold in relation to intellectuals. In the process, we showcase both this concept’s potential theoretical yield and its capacity to bridge the ‘performative’ and event-oriented study of intellectuals more common in English-speaking sociology with longue-durée career-oriented analyses more associated with French sociology. Second, to reassess some of the main contributions to the sociology of intellectuals by reference to this notion of ´strategy´, especially concerning issues of political allegiance and group membership. The final objective is to illustrate the potential of this approach in empirical work on intellectual engagement and introduce the papers that comprise the Special Section.
Original languageEnglish
JournalThe Sociological Review
Early online date12 Jun 2020
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 12 Jun 2020


  • strategy
  • performance
  • Bourdieu
  • public intellectuals
  • sociology of intellectuals

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