Pierre Bourdieu, a preeminent social scientist and influential public intellectual:
“Those who have the good fortune to be able to devote their lives to the study of the social world cannot stand aside, neutral and indifferent, from the struggles in which the future of the world is at stake.”
Bourdieu, Pierre. 2003. Firing Back: Against the Tyranny of the Market 2. London and New York: Verso. (p. 11)
Public engagement is a moral obligation of social scientists.
(Pierre Bourdieu speaking at an unemployed demonstration in Paris on January 16, 1998)