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Open to Disruption: Time and Craft in the Practice of Slow Sociology


The backstage stories of the surprises, personal and professional, that disrupt research but often enrich it

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Open to Disruption: Time and Craft in the Practice of Slow Sociology

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The backstage stories of the surprises, personal and professional, that disrupt research but often enrich it

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826519856
  • Publisher: Vanderbilt University Press (TN)
  • Publication date: 5/30/2014
  • Pages: 281
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Anita Ilta Garey is Associate Professor of Human Development and Family Studies and of Sociology at the University of Connecticut. Her book Weaving Work and Motherhood received the William J. Goode Award from the Family Section of the American Sociology Association. She has co-edited three other books, including (with Margaret K. Nelson) Who's Watching?: Daily Practices of Surveillance among Contemporary Families, also from Vanderbilt University Press.

Rosanna Hertz is the Classes of 1919-1950 Reunion Professor of Sociology and Women's and Gender Studies at Wellesley College. Her latest book is Single by Chance, Mothers by Choice: How Women Are Choosing Parenthood without Marriage and Creating the New American Family. With Barry Glassner, she co-edited Our Studies, Ourselves: Sociologists' Lives and Work.

Margaret K. Nelson is A. Barton Hepburn Professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Middlebury College. She is the author and editor of several books including, most recently, Parenting Out of Control: Anxious Parents in Uncertain Times.

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Table of Contents


Introduction: On Being Open to Disruption

Margaret K. Nelson and Rosanna Hertz

Part I: Changing Subjects, Changing Relationships, Changing Worlds

1. From a Study to a Journey: Holding an Ethnographic Gaze on Urban Poverty for Two Decades

Timothy Black

2. Conflicted Selves: Trust and Betrayal in Studying the Hare Krishna

E. Burke Rochford Jr.

3. Returns

Joanna Dreby

4. Studying My Home Town

Albert Hunter

5. Breaching Boundaries and Dowsing for Stories on the Great Plains

Karen V. Hansen

Part II: Changing Methods, Changing Frameworks

6. Disrupting Scholarship

Susan E. Bell

7. A Sociology of Inclusion and Exclusion through the Lens of the Maid's Daughter

Mary Romero

8. Getting to the Dark Side of the Moon: Researching the Lives of Women in Cartography

Will C. van den Hoonaard

9. Getting It Right

Pamela Stone

10. "Breakfast at Elmo's": Adolescent Boys and Disruptive Politics in the Kinscripts' Narrative

Linda M. Burton and Carol B. Stack

Part III: Reflections on Disruptions: Time and Craft

11. History on a Slow Track

Emily K. Abel

12. A Serendipitous Lesson, Or How What We Do Shapes What We Know: Reflections on Interviews as a Method for Qualitative Sociology

Margaret K. Nelson

13. Paying Forward and Paying Backward

Rosanna Hertz

14. Rethinking Families: A Slow Journey

Naomi Gerstel

15. Time to Find Words

Marjorie L. DeVault

16. The Days Are Long, but the Years Fly By: Reflections on the Challenges of Doing Qualitative Research

Annette Lareau

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