ISBN-10:
0761951652
ISBN-13:
9780761951650
Pub. Date:
09/23/2004
Publisher:
SAGE Publications
Social Theory and Human Reality / Edition 1

Social Theory and Human Reality / Edition 1

by Pertti Alasuutari

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ISBN-13: 9780761951650
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Publication date: 09/23/2004
Series: Sociology Series
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Pertti Alasuutari is a sociologist, cultural studies scholar, paterfamilias and a highly significant figure in the development of both Finnish and international qualitative research. His career has gone from strength to strength as regards advancement in Finnish academia, as witnessed by some twenty books, and numerous articles in both Finnish and foreign journals.

Yet Professor Alasuutari insists that he did not consciously choose the career of a sociologist.

Professor Alasuutari completed his school education in Rovaniemi, Lapland in 1975 and went to study technology at the University of Oulu. But not for long. In 1977 he dropped out and began to dream of becoming a journalist, in the meantime doing supply teaching.
"In summer I studied journalism at summer university in Lapland and began my military service"

His days in the army driving a desk led him to another state agency. In autumn 1978 the train from the north arrived in Tampere with the 22-year-old on board. He had gained admission to study sociology.

"For the first year I only studied journalism, and didn't even set foot in the Department of Sociology," grins Professor Alasuutari.

Career development

In 1983 the Westermarck Society awarded a prize for a master's thesis to the youthful Alasuutari. The thesis was entitled "The Realm of Male Freedom ". The ethnographic approach was to describe the alcohol culture of a group of men patronizing a suburban pub.

Table of Contents

Introduction
Introduction
Norms and Rules
Language
Conversations
Rituals
Personality
The Case of Modernity
Identity
The Modernization Story as a Reflexive Frame
The Enigma of Human Reality

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