By Bennett M. Berger
All scholars and students are all in favour of the human faces in the back of the impersonal rhetoric of educational disciplines. right here twenty of America's such a lot sought after sociologists recount the highbrow and biographical occasions that formed their careers. kin background, ethnicity, worry, inner most animosities, amazing choice, and occasionally undeniable luck are one of the forces that mix to mildew the person abilities offered in Authors in their personal Lives. With contributions from men and women, old and young, native-born american citizens and immigrants, quantitative students and qualitative ones, this e-book presents a desirable resource for college kids sociologists alike.Some of the autobiographies continue their reserve, others are profoundly revealing. Their topics variety from adolescence, academic, and highbrow impacts, to educational careerism and burnout, to the heritage of yank sociology. Authors stands on my own as a deeply own autobiographical account of up to date sociology.
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In the fall I began to work with Lyne, Woodworth, and Evarts. What I was looking for was an apprenticeship. I have already indicated that I regarded my legal education as too bookish and insufficiently clinical. Lyne, Woodworth, and Evarts handled more litigation than most corporate firms. Had I worked in Washington—or, indeed, for the TVA—I would have had as a young lawyer large responsibilities and a decent starting salary; in a private law firm I was only an adjunct at one hundred dollars a month, helping prepare trial briefs.
Lyne, Woodworth, and Evarts handled more litigation than most corporate firms. Had I worked in Washington—or, indeed, for the TVA—I would have had as a young lawyer large responsibilities and a decent starting salary; in a private law firm I was only an adjunct at one hundred dollars a month, helping prepare trial briefs. But with a small private income I could afford to do it. The few appellate cases I handled, involving relatively small amounts, did not give me a high opinion of the judges. " The insurance company had photographs of him actively playing tennis and golf in Florida, and on the basis of his recovery we appealed from a judgment against the company.
For literature, however, the communication of a sense of reality through language is its very essence. I mean a sense of reality beyond the words on the page, the fashionable notions of structuralists and deconstructionists to the contrary notwithstanding. Because my intellectual generation had "literary sensibility," we had no need to develop the kinds of arcane and abstract theories of the primacy of the simple and concrete that have been so prominent in sociology since the antipositivist revolts of the 1960s.
Authors of Their Own Lives: Intellectual Autobiographies by Twenty American Sociologists by Bennett M. Berger