Lays out the evolution of Father John J. Carroll’s thinking on Philippine social structure and social changes over forty years of active research, writing, and sharing poor people’s lives. Applying sociological theory to the analysis of everyday social and political events, Carroll challenges the Catholic Church, elites, civil society, and grass-roots groups to attack and rectify the appalling imbalance of power and benefits in Philippine society.
The second volume, Engaging Society II: Musings of an Oxymoron, was published by Ateneo de Manila University Press in 2014.
Published in 2006. Finalist, 2006 National Book Award, for Social Science.