Fields of Play: Constructing an Academic Life / Edition 1

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How do the specific circumstances in which we write affect what we write? How does what we write affect who we become? How can we maintain professsional and personal integrity in today's university?

In a series of traditional and experimental writings, a culmination of ten years of works-in-progress, Laurel Richardson records an intellectual journey, displacing boundaries and creating new ways of reading and writing. Applying the sociological imagination to the writing process, she connects her life to her work. Deeply engaging, movingly written with grace, elegance, and clarity, the book stimulates readers to situate their own writing in personal, social, and political contexts.

Laurel Richardson is a professor of sociology, graduate faculty in women's studies, and visiting professor in the College of Education at the Ohio State University.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813523798
  • Publisher: Rutgers University Press
  • Publication date: 2/1/1997
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.61 (d)

Meet the Author

Laurel Richardson is a professor of sociology, graduate faculty in women's studies, and visiting professor in the College of Education at the Ohio State University.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Forewords: Authority 9
The Collective Story 12
Forewords: Palimpsest 23
Narrative Knowing and Sociological Telling 28
Forewords: Something Wonderful 36
Value-Constituting Practices, Rhetoric, and Metaphor 39
Forewords: Erasure Fights 50
Speakers Whose Voices Matter 52
The Sea Monster: An Ethnographic Drama 63
Afterwords: Coauthoring "The Sea Monster" 68
Resisting Resistance Narratives: A Representation for Communication 75
Afterwords: Trying Community 80
Forewords: Belonging 84
Writing Matters 86
Forewords: Good Catch 99
Trash on the Corner: Ethnics and Ethnography 102
Afterwords: Replay 116
Forewords: Backhand 119
Postmodern Social Theory: Representational Practices 120
Afterwords: Left Field 123
Louisa May's Story of Her Life 131
Afterwords: "Louisa May" and Me 135
Forewords: Synchronicity 138
The Poetic Representation of Lives 139
Forewords: The Truth of Consequences 145
Consequences of Poetic Representation: Writing the Other, Rewriting the Self 147
Poetics, Dramatics, and Transgressive Validity: "The Case of the Skipped Line" 154
Afterwords: Families 168
Forewords: "... And Feel Most Braced ..." 173
Marriage and the Family: Nine Poems 175
Afterwords: Sacred Spaces 183
Forewords: Speech Lessons 188
Educational Birds 197
Afterwords: Are You My Alma Mater? 208
Vespers 217
References 239
Indexes 249
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