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

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Overview

When individuals from working-class backgrounds seek entry into the upper-middle-class world of academia, they often encounter difficulties. Examining the professional and personal lives of a group of sociologists from working class backgrounds, this extensive study finds that despite their successes as Ph.D. recipients, these scholars have suffered structural, interpersonal, and personal consequences that are linked to that class background. Many are uncomfortable with the academic role and the authority structure of the university, and see themselves as outsiders both within the academy and its larger cultural environment. The authors' conclusion, is that upward social mobility is never complete and that these upwardly mobile professionals appear to be caught in the middle between the world of their childhoods and the very different world that they must confront daily as members of the academy.

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Editorial Reviews

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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."

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"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."

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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

Preface
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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