Writing for Social Scientists How to Start and Finish Your Thesis, Book, or Article

ISBN-10: 0226041328
ISBN-13: 9780226041322
Edition: 2nd 2007
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Book details

List price: $12.00
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 12/15/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 208
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.726
Language: English

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.nbsp;nbsp; Sociologist Howard S. Becker has writtentheclassic book on how to conquer these pressures and simply write. First published nearly twenty years ago,Writing for Social Scientistshas 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 Scientistswill provide solace to a new generation of frazzled, would-be writers.

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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