By Bennett M. Berger
All scholars and students are concerned with the human faces in the back of the impersonal rhetoric of educational disciplines. the following twenty of America's so much famous sociologists recount the highbrow and biographical occasions that formed their careers. relatives heritage, ethnicity, worry, inner most animosities, impressive selection, and occasionally undeniable success are among the forces that mix to mildew the person skills awarded in Authors in their personal Lives. With contributions from men and women, old and young, native-born americans and immigrants, quantitative students and qualitative ones, this ebook presents a desirable resource for college students sociologists alike.Some of the autobiographies keep their reserve, others are profoundly revealing. Their matters diversity from adolescence, academic, and highbrow affects, to educational careerism and burnout, to the background of yankee sociology. Authors stands by myself as a deeply own autobiographical account of latest sociology.
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And as my story will show, I followed a rather fortuitous, zigzagging path. My father was born in Germany. His widowed mother brought him as a boy to Portsmouth, Ohio, where he worked in an uncle's store through his high-school years and then went to the University of PennsylI thank the following colleagues for their thoughtful reading of early and late drafts: Daniel Bell, Reinhard Bendix, Bennett Berger, James S. Coleman, Robert Gorham Davis, Lewis Dexter, Jo Freeman, Martha MacLeish Fuller, Herbert J.
That I lacked the aesthetic tastes considered important in my family was probably less salient for me than my incompetence at the competitive sports valued at school. Only when I came to college could I find people as avid as I and yet of about my mediocre speed; I discovered squash and went on playing tennis, occasionally with Radcliffe "girls" (whom most of my classmates affected to scorn). My father did things easily and deftly, whether mastering subjects or dealing with people; he was critical of me for my awkwardness, while he took for granted the fact that I did well at school academically.
The future is an apathetic void of no interest to anyone. The past is full, eager to irritate us, provoke and insult, tempt us to destroy or repaint it. " Un-American, that, but so be it. What I have come to value most in a sociologist is not theoretical reach, logical rigor, empirical exactitude, or moral passion but a palpable sense of reality. It is not a unitary trait, and it is more easily pointed to than described. My old classmate Erving Goffman had it, which is why his work will live. But it is not limited to accounts of microinteraction or everyday life.
Authors of Their Own Lives: Intellectual Autobiographies by Twenty American Sociologists by Bennett M. Berger