This is an introduction to Judith Blau and Keri Iyall-Smith, Public Sociologies Reader (Rowman and Littlefield, 2006). A public sociology that will tackle the public issues of today requires the transformation of sociology as we know it. This is the stirring message of this volume – at the heart of sociology must lie a concern for society as such, the protection of those social relations through which we recognize each other as humans. Thus, the essays focus on those fundamental human rights that uphold human community, first and foremost against the colonizing projects of states and markets. The devastation of society – whether in civil war or in famine, in prison or in ghetto – cannot be consigned to some marginal specialty or to some other discipline. Rather it must be the principle focus of our discipline, casting into relief threats to society’s very existence.