Our Studies, Ourselves: Sociologists' Lives and Work / Edition 1

Our Studies, Ourselves: Sociologists' Lives and Work / Edition 1

by Barry Glassner, Rosanna Hertz
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0195146611

ISBN-13: 9780195146615

Pub. Date: 08/28/2003

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

What motivates a lifelong scholarly pursuit, and how do one's studies inform life outside the academy? Sociologists, who live in families but also study families, who go to work but also study work, who participate in communities but also try to understand communities, have an especially intimate relation to their research. Growing up poor, struggling as a woman in

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What motivates a lifelong scholarly pursuit, and how do one's studies inform life outside the academy? Sociologists, who live in families but also study families, who go to work but also study work, who participate in communities but also try to understand communities, have an especially intimate relation to their research. Growing up poor, struggling as a woman in a male-dominated profession, participating in protests against the Vietnam War; facts of life influence research agendas, individual understandings of the world, and ultimately the shape of the discipline as a whole.
Barry Glassner and Rosanna Hertz asked twenty-two of America's most prominent sociologists to reflect upon how their personal lives influenced their research, and vice versa, how their research has influenced their lives. In this volume, the authors reveal with candor and discernment how world events, political commitments and unanticipated constraints influenced the course of their careers. They disclose how race, class, and gender proved to be pivotal elements in the course of their individual lives, and in how they carry out their research. Faced with academic institutions that did not hire or promote persons of their gender, race, sexual orientation, or physical disability, they invented new routes to success within their fields. Faced with disappointments in political organizations to which they were devoted, they found ways to integrate their disillusionment into their research agendas. While some of the contributors radically changed their political commitments, and others saw more stability, none stood still.
An intimate look at biography and craft, these snapshots provide a fascinating glimpse of the sociological life for colleagues, other academics, and aspiring young sociologists. The collection demonstrates how inequalities and injustices can be made into motors for scholarly research, which in turn have the power to change individual life courses and entire societies.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195146615
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
08/28/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
296
Product dimensions:
9.30(w) x 6.30(h) x 0.90(d)
Lexile:
1390L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Contributorsix
Introduction3
IRace and Social Class
1Studying the Enemy13
2Reflections on the Intersection of Research and Politics in Academia24
3Working Out Class While Studying Elites35
4World Events and Career Experiences: A Personal Perspective45
5Searching for Action Research and Teaching59
6From Vietnam till Today71
7Making Problems: Reflections on Experience and Research79
8My Years in Antipoverty Research and Policy90
IIGender
9Unscripted: Continuity and Change in the Gendered Life Course105
10Confessions of an Accidental Sociologist115
11Writing as a Democrat and a Feminist127
12Decoding Dichotomies and Pushing the Boundaries: A Lifetime of Research on Women in the Professions139
13Resisting Institutional Capture as a Research Practice150
14The Ins and Outs of Othering162
IIIEvolving Identities
15Musician, Sociologist, and Hearing Person: A Crisis of Identities177
16Social-Class Tensions and Value Conflicts in the Disability World193
17In Defense of Foxes202
18Feminist Fieldworker: Connecting Research, Teaching, and Memoir215
19Feminism in the Field233
20Professional Rebellions and Personal Researches, or How I Became Bored with Myself245
21The Body of Knowledge253
22My Life in Social Movements: From 1960s Activist to Lesbian Den Mother263

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