Our Studies, Ourselves : Sociologists' Lives and Work: Sociologists' Lives and Work (Google eBook)

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Barry Glassner Professor of Sociology University of Southern California, Rosanna Hertz Professor of Sociology Wellesley College
Oxford University Press, Jul 25, 2003 - Social Science - 296 pages
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What motivates a lifelong scholarly pursuit, and how do one's studies inform life outside the academy? Sociologists, who live in families but also study families, who go to work but also study work, who participate in communities but also try to understand communities, have an especially intimate relation to their research. Growing up poor, struggling as a woman in a male-dominated profession, participating in protests against the Vietnam War; facts of life influence research agendas, individual understandings of the world, and ultimately the shape of the discipline as a whole. Barry Glassner and Rosanna Hertz asked twenty-two of America's most prominent sociologists to reflect upon how their personal lives influenced their research, and vice versa, how their research has influenced their lives. In this volume, the authors reveal with candor and discernment how world events, political commitments and unanticipated constraints influenced the course of their careers. They disclose how race, class, and gender proved to be pivotal elements in the course of their individual lives, and in how they carry out their research. Faced with academic institutions that did not hire or promote persons of their gender, race, sexual orientation, or physical disability, they invented new routes to success within their fields. Faced with disappointments in political organizations to which they were devoted, they found ways to integrate their disillusionment into their research agendas. While some of the contributors radically changed their political commitments, and others saw more stability, none stood still. An intimate look at biography and craft, these snapshots provide a fascinating glimpse of the sociological life for colleagues, other academics, and aspiring young sociologists. The collection demonstrates how inequalities and injustices can be made into motors for scholarly research, which in turn have the power to change individual life courses and entire societies.
  

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Contents

Studying the Enemy
13
Reflections on the Intersection of Research and Politics in Academia
24
Working Out Class While Studying Elites
35
World Events and Career Experiences A Personal Perspective
45
Searching for Action Research and Teaching
59
From Vietnam til Today
71
Making Problems Reflections on Experience and Research
79
My Years in Antipoverty Research and Policy
90
Resisting Institutional Capture as a Research Practice
150
The Ins and Outs of Othering
162
Musician Sociologist and Hearing Person A Crisis of Identities
177
SocialClass Tensions and Value Conflicts in the Disability World
193
In Defense of Foxes
202
Feminist Fieldworker Connecting Research Teaching and Memoir
215
Feminism in the Field
233
Professional Rebellions and Personal Researches or How I Became Bored with Myself
245

Unscripted Continuity and Change in the Gendered Life Course
105
Confessions of an Accidental Sociologist
115
Writing as a Democrat and a Feminist
127
Decoding Dichotornies and Pushing the Boundaries A Lifetime of Research on Women in the Professions
139
The Body of Knowledge
253
My Life in Social Movements From 1960s Activist to Lesbian Den Mother
263
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Page 21 - Thorne suggests, this is a recurring phenomenon: sociologists and anthropologists venturing into exciting, taboo, dangerous, perhaps enticing social circumstances; getting the flavor of participation, living out moments of high drama; but in some ultimate way having a cop-out, a built-in escape, a point of outside leverage that full participants lack. The sociologist can have an adventure, but usually takes it in a controlled and managed way. (1983, 225) More generally, however, a 'desire to make...

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