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Our Studies, Ourselves Sociologists' Lives and Work

ISBN-10: 0195146611

ISBN-13: 9780195146615

Edition: 2003

Authors: Barry Glassner, Rosanna Hertz

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What motivates a lifelong scholarly pursuit, and how do one's studies inform life outside the academy? Sociologists, who live in families but also study families, who go to work but also study work, who participate in communities but also try to understand communities, have an especially intimate relation to their research. Growing up poor, struggling as a woman in a male-dominated profession, participating in protests against the Vietnam War; facts of life influence researchagendas, individual understandings of the world, and ultimately the shape of the discipline as a whole. Barry Glassner and Rosanna Hertz asked twenty-two of America's most prominent sociologists to reflect upon how their personal lives influenced their research, and vice versa, how their research has influenced their lives. In this volume, the authors reveal with candor and discernment how world events, political commitments and unanticipated constraints influenced the course of their careers. They disclose how race, class, and gender proved to be pivotal elements in the course of theirindividual lives, and in how they carry out their research. Faced with academic institutions that did not hire or promote persons of their gender, race, sexual orientation, or physical disability, they invented new routes to success within their fields. Faced with disappointments in political organizationsto which they were devoted, they found ways to integrate their disillusionment into their research agendas. While some of the contributors radically changed their political commitments, and others saw more stability, none stood still. An intimate look at biography and craft, these snapshots provide a fascinating glimpse of the sociological life for colleagues, other academics, and aspiring young sociologists. The collection demonstrates how inequalities and injustices can be made into motors for scholarly research, which in turn have the power to change individual life courses and entire societies.
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Book details

List price: $54.00
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 8/21/2003
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 296
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

Contributors
Introduction
Race and Social Class
Studying the Enemy
Reflections on the Intersection of Research and Politics in Academia
Working Out Class While Studying Elites
World Events and Career Experiences: A Personal Perspective
Searching for Action Research and Teaching
From Vietnam till Today
Making Problems: Reflections on Experience and Research
My Years in Antipoverty Research and Policy
Gender
Unscripted: Continuity and Change in the Gendered Life Course
Confessions of an Accidental Sociologist
Writing as a Democrat and a Feminist
Decoding Dichotomies and Pushing the Boundaries: A Lifetime of Research on Women in the Professions
Resisting Institutional Capture as a Research Practice
The Ins and Outs of Othering
Evolving Identities
Musician, Sociologist, and Hearing Person: A Crisis of Identities
Social-Class Tensions and Value Conflicts in the Disability World
In Defense of Foxes
Feminist Fieldworker: Connecting Research, Teaching, and Memoir
Feminism in the Field
Professional Rebellions and Personal Researches, or How I Became Bored with Myself
The Body of Knowledge
My Life in Social Movements: From 1960s Activist to Lesbian Den Mother