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Writing for Social Scientists: How to Start and Finish Your Thesis, Book, or Article / Edition 2
     

Writing for Social Scientists: How to Start and Finish Your Thesis, Book, or Article / Edition 2

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by Howard S. Becker
 

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ISBN-10: 0226041328

ISBN-13: 9780226041322

Pub. Date: 09/15/2007

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

Students and researchers all write under pressure, and those pressures—most lamentably, the desire to impress your audience rather than to communicate with them—often lead to pretentious prose, academic posturing, and, not infrequently, writer’s block.

Sociologist Howard S. Becker has written the classic book on how to conquer these

Overview

Students and researchers all write under pressure, and those pressures—most lamentably, the desire to impress your audience rather than to communicate with them—often lead to pretentious prose, academic posturing, and, not infrequently, writer’s block.

Sociologist Howard S. Becker has written the classic book on how to conquer these pressures and simply write. First published nearly twenty years ago, Writing for Social Scientists has become a lifesaver for writers in all fields, from beginning students to published authors. Becker’s message is clear: in order to learn how to write, take a deep breath and then begin writing. Revise. Repeat.

It is not always an easy process, as Becker wryly relates. Decades of teaching, researching, and writing have given him plenty of material, and Becker neatly exposes the foibles of academia and its “publish or perish” atmosphere. Wordiness, the passive voice, inserting a “the way in which” when a simple “how” will do—all these mechanisms are a part of the social structure of academic writing. By shrugging off such impediments—or at the very least, putting them aside for a few hours—we can reform our work habits and start writing lucidly without worrying about grades, peer approval, or the “literature.”

In this new edition, Becker takes account of major changes in the computer tools available to writers today, and also substantially expands his analysis of how academic institutions create problems for them. As competition in academia grows increasingly heated, Writing for Social Scientists will provide solace to a new generation of frazzled, would-be writers.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226041322
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
09/15/2007
Series:
Chicago Guides to Writing, Editing, and Publishing Series
Edition description:
Second Edition
Pages:
208
Sales rank:
210,334
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Edition  
1986 Preface   
Freshman English for Graduate Students       
Persona and Authority         
One Right Way        
Editing by Ear          
Learning to Write as a Professional  
Risk, by Pamela Richards    
Getting It out the Door         
Terrorized by the Literature  
Writing with Computers       
A Final Word        
References      
Index   

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Writing for Social Scientists: How to Start and Finish Your Thesis, Book, or Article 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
CassandraCC More than 1 year ago
I first read and applied the Becker book when I was working on my doctorate. It was invaluable. Now it was time to replace that lost copy with a new edition. Every writer should own. Clear, interesting, and very helpful.