Intimate Appraisals: The Social Writings of Thomas J. Cottle

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Throughout his long and varied career, Thomas J. Cottle has been producing books that relate the "life stories" of participants who have been voluntarily or involuntarily swept up into major social events. His viewpoints have stood out from the great majority of writers because of his even-handed treatment of all participants in the often incendiary social or cultural issues of the day, whether they be the Boston school busing controversy or the O. J. Simpson case. Writing from a sociological as well as a ...
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Overview

Throughout his long and varied career, Thomas J. Cottle has been producing books that relate the "life stories" of participants who have been voluntarily or involuntarily swept up into major social events. His viewpoints have stood out from the great majority of writers because of his even-handed treatment of all participants in the often incendiary social or cultural issues of the day, whether they be the Boston school busing controversy or the O. J. Simpson case. Writing from a sociological as well as a clinical psychological point of view, he eschews abstract analyses and polemics to craft individual portraits that convey the humanity and the dignity of persons who are all too often considered peripheral.

Although his individual pieces have often received substantial public reception and critical approval, until now there has been no book that brings together his contributions on a variety of subjects. The new and previously published essays in Intimate Appraisals provide the first overview and guide to his very special contribution to social analysis, as well as a convenient source for teaching the "Cottle method" in sociology, social psychology, and psychiatry courses.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781584651420
  • Publisher: University Press of New England
  • Publication date: 3/1/2002
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 0.83 (d)

Meet the Author

THOMAS J. COTTLE is Professor of Education at Boston University and recipient of numerous awards for his research and his appearances on radio and television. He is author of over two dozen books, including At Peril (2001), Hardest Times (2001), Mine Fields (2001), Children's Secrets (1980), Children in Jail (1977), Busing (1976), A Family Album (1974), Time's Children (1971), and over 500 essays, articles, and reviews. Learn more at http://thomascottle.com
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Table of Contents

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
Private Lives and Public Accounts 23
Reflections and Observations 46
Observations by Way of Conclusion 54
On Exposing Ourselves in Public 70
A Family Album 78
Time's Children 97
On Studying the Young 130
Children's Secrets, Family Myths 140
College: Reward and Betrayal 159
Self-discovery through Play 166
The Voices of School 179
Two More Boys on the Bus 185
The Garden of Children: Education in the Suburbs 199
The Felt Sense of Studentry 215
Going Up, Going Down: On IQ Testing 237
The Mosaic of Creativity 244
Sporting Assets 269
On Thomas: Clarence, Peeping, and Doubting 273
Director's Call 281
The Right to Silence 285
The Voice of Harassment 289
Graduation Speech 297
Pointing 300
A Neglected Resource 303
Simpson, Systems, and Sociology 317
Selected Bibliography of Works 323
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