Qualitative Sociology as Everyday Life

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This insightful volume collects essays from some of the most renowned sociologists working today. They examine the ways that sociological understanding helps them with their daily experiences. These essays reflect the desire to understand experiences in a broader context rather than as random and isolated events - and how the qualitative approach can achieve that end.

Organized around the notion of place - public places, family spaces, interior spaces, and workplaces, the essays touch on the major sub-disciplines within sociology.

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Combining original essays with others from the 20th anniversary issue of (Vol. 4, 1997), this volume features 31 sociologists with diverse interests sharing how their sociological studies inform their "earn as you learn" quotidian experiences and vice versa. Analyses revolve around public places, family spaces, interior spaces, and workplaces. Representative topics from each realm include: ubiquitous warnings ("Enough already!"); (re)production of social class: living beyond elementary school; the pleasures of boredom; and qualitative sociology and good journalism as demystifiers. No index. Paper edition (unseen) $29.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknew.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761913689
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 3/30/1999
  • Pages: 296
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.22 (h) x 0.82 (d)

Table of Contents

Not Even a Day in the Life - Candace West
The Nursing Home - Lillian B Rubin
Essaying the Personal - Sherryl Kleinman
Making Sociological Stories Stick
Enough Already! The Pervasiveness of Warnings in Everyday Life - Shulamit Reinharz
Earn as You Learn - Clinton R Sanders
Connections between Doing Qualitative Work and Living Daily Life
Real Life Sexual Harassment - Christine L Williams
A Conversation about Parenting - Naomi Gerstel and Robert Zussman
On the (Re)Production of Social Class - Susan E Bell
Living In, With, and Beyond Elementary School
The Personal, the Sociological, and the Intersection of the Two - Lynne Davidman
"Are We Alone?" - Marjorie L De Vault
Five Minutes - Peter K Manning
The Pleasure of Slowness - David Silverman
It's Boring - Peter Conrad
Notes on the Meaning of Boredom in Everyday Life
Memory and the Practices of Commitment - Barry Schwartz
Performing Montana - Norman K Denzin
A Personal Passage - Pepper Schwartz
Identity Aquisition and Affinity Groups
Standing on the Threshold and Tripping - Arlene Kaplan Daniels
Awkwardness in Becoming a Field-Worker
My Life with Xena and Billy - Joshua Gamson
Affirmative Action and Me - Sharon M Collins
Making Sense and Making a Difference - Derral Cheatwood
Murder and College Administration
Feeling at Home at Work - Barrie Thorne and Arlie Russell Hochschild
Life in Academic Departments
On the Nonnegotiable in Sociological Life - Robert Dingwall
Is There a Philosopher in the House? - Jonathan D Moreno
The Two Faces of Professional Discretion - Allan Schnaiberg
A Vision from the Client's Bed
Qualitative Sociology and Good Journalism as Demystifiers - Paul M Hirsch
Talks between Teachers - Shirah W Hecht and Howard S Becker

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