Our Studies, Ourselves: Sociologists Lives and Work

Hardcover | October 27, 2003

EditorBarry 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 especiallyintimate 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 research agendas, 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 worldevents, 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 their individual lives, and in how they carry out their research. Faced with academic institutions that did nothire 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 organizations to which they were devoted, they found ways to integrate their disillusionment into their researchagendas. 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 turnhave the power to change individual life courses and entire societies.

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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 especiallyintimate relation to their research. Growing up p...

Barry Glassner is Professor of Sociology at the University of Southern California. His recent books include The Culture of Fear (2000) and The Gospel of Food (in progress). He had a cameo in Michael Moore's recent movie, Bowling for Columbine. Rosanna Hertz is the Luella LaMer Professor in the Departments of Sociology and Women's Stud...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:296 pages, 6.3 × 9.29 × 0.91 inPublished:October 27, 2003Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Kathleen M. Blee on studying the enemy Hector L. Delgado on documenting immigrant workers Susan A. Ostrander on class lessons from the rich Mark S. Mizruchi on political commitment William H. Friedland on Trotsky and Cesar Chavez Howard Schuman on antiwar protests John Walton on the ache of disorderHerbert J. Gans on growing up poor Phyllis Moen on the unscripted life Arlene Skolnick on stumbling upon sociology Jane Mansbridge on writing as a democrat and a feminist Cynthia Fuchs Epstein on breaking the glass ceiling Dorothy E. Smith on resisting institutional order Barrie Thorne onconsciousness raising Robert R. Alford on losing Chopin Gary L. Albrecht on being disabled in America Christopher Winship on becoming a fox Sherryl Kleinman on being a feminist fieldworker Jody Miller on detaching from the girl gang Joshua Gamson on loving the inner brat Shulamit Reinharz on findingheroines Verta Taylor on becoming a lesbian den mother Backpanel

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"Glassner and Hertz have edited an intriguing collection of 22 autobiographical essays by 12 women and ten men (one of whom has since died), all academics teaching and contributing to the body of research as sociologists. Their stories form an overall narrative of differing familial, cultural,social, and political background life experiences. The essays show how various social/ political environments particular to each contributor's generation, such as the New Deal era, the rise of labor unions, the women's and civil rights movements, the Vietnam War, differing opinions on society'srecognition of gays and lesbians, and problems of the ghettos, poverty, and crime, have moved each toward a particular area of research within the discipline of sociology. This book is highly recommended for both lay readers and academics and will be especially appealing to those who are interestedin the roads that lead people to particular career decisions." --Library Journal