Caught in the Middle: Contradictions in the Lives of Sociologists from Working-Class Backgrounds

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Traces the personal and professional lives of a group of sociologists from working-class backgrounds, and shows that despite their membership in the academy, their adaptation to the upper-middle-class world of academia is inhibited by class cultural differences.
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"This is an exemplary representation of the art of sociological research. Graceful writing frames judicious presentation, supported by elegant documentation. This book could well become a sociological classic and deserves careful reading by anyone interested in the social order of the US or in the sociological craft."



"Grimes and Morris have written an interesting book, because they are concerned about the effects of background among professionals in the academy. Grimes and Morris have paid careful attention to the scientific needs of their study . . . This thought-provoking book stimulates some observations and questions."



A study of the intersection of professional and private lives of sociologists who come from working-class backgrounds, using a survey of 59 open-ended essay questions. Chapters overview theoretical perspectives employed in the study, describe the research design, and present findings of the study organized by life stages. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275957117
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/30/1997
  • Pages: 248
  • Lexile: 1560L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

MICHAEL D. GRIMES is Professor of Sociology at Louisiana State University.

JOAN M. MORRIS is Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Central Florida.

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Table of Contents

1 Theoretical Issues 1
2 The Research Design 27
3 Learning to "Make Something" of Ourselves 41
4 Realizing That We Could "Make the Grade" 79
5 Life As a Professional Sociologist 119
6 Personal Relationships 167
7 Summary and Conclusions 191
Appendices 207
References 221
Index 227
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