Qualitative Sociology as Everyday Life

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Overview

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

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Pt. I Public Places
1 Not Even a Day in the Life 3
2 The Nursing Home 13
3 Essaying the Personal: Making Sociological Stories Stick 19
4 Enough Already! The Pervasiveness of Warnings in Everyday Life 31
5 Earn as You Learn: Connections Between Doing Qualitative Work and Living Daily Life 41
6 Real-Life Sexual Harassment 49
Pt. II Family Spaces
7 A Conversation About Parenting 61
8 On the ReProduction of Social Class: Living In, With, and Beyond Elementary School 69
9 The Personal, the Sociological, and the Intersection of the Two 79
10 "Are We Alone?" 89
11 Five Minutes 97
Pt. III Interior Spaces
12 The Pleasures of Slowness 111
13 It's Boring: Notes on the Meanings of Boredom in Everyday Life 123
14 Memory and the Practices of Commitment 135
15 "Performing Montana" 147
16 A Personal Passage: Identity Acquisition and Affinity Groups 159
17 Standing on the Threshold and Tripping: Awkwardness in Becoming a Field-Worker 169
18 My Life With Xena and Billy 181
Pt. IV Workplaces
19 Affirmative Action and Me 191
20 Making Sense and Making a Difference: Murder and College Administration 201
21 Feeling at Home at Work: Life in Academic Departments 211
22 On the Nonnegotiable in Sociological Life 215
23 Is There a Philosopher in the House? 227
24 The Two Faces of Professional Discretion: A Vision From the Client's Bed 235
25 Qualitative Sociology and Good Journalism as Demystifiers 251
26 Talks Between Teachers 259
About the Contributors 273
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