The Sociology Of Howard S. Becker: Theory With A Wide Horizon

Hardcover | June 5, 2017

byAlain PessinTranslated bySteven Rendall

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Howard S. Becker is a name to conjure with on two continents —in the United States and in France. He has enjoyed renown in France for his work in sociology, which in the United States goes back more than fifty years to pathbreaking studies of deviance, professions, sociology of the arts, and a steady stream of books and articles on method. Becker, who lives part of the year in Paris, is by now part of the French intellectual scene, a street-smart jazz pianist and sociologist who offers an answer to the stifling structuralism of Pierre Bourdieu.

French fame has brought French analysis, including The Sociology of Howard S. Becker, written by Alain Pessin and translated into English by Steven Rendall. The book is an exploration of Becker’s major works as expressions of the freedom of possibility within a world of collaborators. Pessin reads Becker’s work as descriptions and ideas that show how society can embody the possibilities of change, of doing things differently, of taking advantage of opportunities for free action. The book is itself a kind of collaboration—Pessin and Becker in dialogue. The Sociology of Howard S. Becker is a meeting of two cultures via two great sociological minds in conversation.

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Howard S. Becker is a name to conjure with on two continents —in the United States and in France. He has enjoyed renown in France for his work in sociology, which in the United States goes back more than fifty years to pathbreaking studies of deviance, professions, sociology of the arts, and a steady stream of books and articles on met...

Alain Pessin (1949–2005) was a French libertarian sociologist and the author of many books. Steven Rendall is professor emeritus of romance languages at the University of Oregon. He has translated more than forty books into English, including most recently Montaigne: A Life.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:144 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.98 inPublished:June 5, 2017Publisher:University Of Chicago PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:022636271X

ISBN - 13:9780226362717

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Table of Contents

Foreword
William Kornblum
Prologue
1 People Who Get High and the Others
2 Jazzmen and Company
3 Culture in Motion
4 A Sociological Perspective
5 What Is There to See, What Is There to Say?
6 A Researcher Set Free
Introduction to the Appendixes
Howard S. Becker
Appendix A: A Dialogue on the Ideas of “World” and “Field”
Howard S. Becker and Alain Pessin
Appendix B: A Tribute to Alain Pessin
Howard S. Becker
Appendix C: Four Things I Learned from Alain Pessin
Howard S. Becker
Notes
Bibliography

Editorial Reviews

“Anyone interested in society will learn a great deal from French sociologist Pessin’s lucid and compelling synthesis of how Becker studies social worlds. All sociologists owe it to their discipline to read this deft little gem of a book. Our collective enterprise will be the better for it.”