Authors of Their Own Lives: Intellectual Autobiographies

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Bennett M. Berger
University of California Press, 1990 - Biography & Autobiography - 503 pages
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All students and scholars are curious about the human faces behind the impersonal rhetoric of academic disciplines. Here twenty of America's most prominent sociologists recount the intellectual and biographical events that shaped their careers. Family history, ethnicity, fear, private animosities, extraordinary determination, and sometimes plain good fortune are among the many forces that combine to mold the individual talents presented in Authors of Their Own Lives. With contributions from women and men, young and old, native-born Americans and immigrants, quantitative scholars and qualitative ones, this book provides a fascinating source for students and professional sociologists alike.
Some of the autobiographies maintain their reserve, others are profoundly revealing. Their subjects range from childhood, educational, and intellectual influences, to academic careerism and burnout, to the history of American sociology. Authors stands alone as a deeply personal autobiographical account of contemporary sociology. All students and scholars are curious about the human faces behind the impersonal rhetoric of academic disciplines. Here twenty of America's most prominent sociologists recount the intellectual and biographical events that shaped their careers. Family history, ethnicity, fear, private animosities, extraordinary determination, and sometimes plain good fortune are among the many forces that combine to mold the individual talents presented in Authors of Their Own Lives. With contributions from women and men, young and old, native-born Americans and immigrants, quantitative scholars and qualitative ones, this book provides a fascinating source for students and professional sociologists alike.
Some of the autobiographies maintain their reserve, others are profoundly revealing. Their subjects range from childhood, educational, and intellectual influences, to academic careerism and burnout, to the history of American sociology. Authors stands alone as a deeply personal autobiographical account of contemporary sociology.
 

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Contents

Imagining the Real
3
Becoming an Academic Man
22
Columbia in the 1950s
75
My Life and Soft Times
104
The Crooked Lines of God
133
Looking for the Interstices
152
Working in Other Fields
165
An Unlikely Story
213
Seasons of a Womans Life
301
A Womans Twentieth Century
323
Personal Reflections with a Sociological Eye
349
Research on Relationships
363
Partisanship and Scholarship
383
From the Popocatepetl to the Limpopo
410
Relativism Equality and Popular Culture
432
How I Became an American Sociologist
452

Learning and Living
235
Becoming an Arty Sociologist
285

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Bennett M. Berger is Professor of Sociology at the University of California, San Diego.

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