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The Sociology of Howard S. Becker: Theory with a Wide Horizon

Alain Pessin

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780226362717
eISBN:
9780226362991
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226362991.001.0001
Subject:
Sociology, Culture

This book serves as an overview and introduction to the work of acclaimed sociologist Howard S. Becker. Author Alain Pessin notes Becker’s particular contributions to the field of sociology and ... More


Knowledge from the Field

Marjorie L. DeVault

in Sociology in America: A History

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
February 2013
ISBN:
9780226090948
eISBN:
9780226090962
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226090962.003.0005
Subject:
Sociology, Comparative and Historical Sociology

This chapter provides a story about fieldwork traditions in sociology and the growth of qualitative methods and methodology in the second half of the twentieth century. It weaves its narrative around ... More


Jazzmen and Company

Alain Pessin

in The Sociology of Howard S. Becker: Theory with a Wide Horizon

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780226362717
eISBN:
9780226362991
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226362991.003.0002
Subject:
Sociology, Culture

In this chapter, Pessin describes Howard Becker’s work regarding the sociology of art and the concept of art worlds. Pessin describes how Becker was driven to analyze art worlds due to his interest ... More


A Sociological Perspective

Alain Pessin

in The Sociology of Howard S. Becker: Theory with a Wide Horizon

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780226362717
eISBN:
9780226362991
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226362991.003.0004
Subject:
Sociology, Culture

In this chapter, Pessin characterizes Becker’s particular sociological perspective, which is based on direct observation guided by a certain orientation of the sociological way of seeing things. He ... More


People Who Get High and the Others

Alain Pessin

in The Sociology of Howard S. Becker: Theory with a Wide Horizon

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780226362717
eISBN:
9780226362991
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226362991.003.0001
Subject:
Sociology, Culture

In the first chapter, Pessin describes how the research environment at the University of Chicago was propitious for sociological innovation at the time Becker published his most famous work, ... More


What Is There to See, What Is There to Say?

Alain Pessin

in The Sociology of Howard S. Becker: Theory with a Wide Horizon

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780226362717
eISBN:
9780226362991
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226362991.003.0005
Subject:
Sociology, Culture

This chapter further examines Becker’s sociological perspective, focusing on his techniques of observation. From a Beckerian point of view, truth is on the side of the actors in a situation and not ... More


A Researcher Set Free

Alain Pessin

in The Sociology of Howard S. Becker: Theory with a Wide Horizon

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780226362717
eISBN:
9780226362991
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226362991.003.0006
Subject:
Sociology, Culture

In the concluding chapter, Pessin explores the overarching idea that Becker’s sociology is a sociology of freedom. He explains how concepts of collective action, comparison, and process guide ... More


Culture in Motion

Alain Pessin

in The Sociology of Howard S. Becker: Theory with a Wide Horizon

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780226362717
eISBN:
9780226362991
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226362991.003.0003
Subject:
Sociology, Culture

Here, Pessin explores Becker’s interactionist model of culture and applies his notions of conventions and worlds to a general sociology framework. Becker’s approach to culture was radically different ... More


Hearing “the A Word”: The Road to Becoming an Alzheimer’s Patient

Renée L. Beard

in Living with Alzheimer's: Managing Memory Loss, Identity, and Illness

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9781479800117
eISBN:
9781479855377
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9781479800117.003.0006
Subject:
Social Work, Health and Mental Health

Accounts of diagnosis in this chapter suggest that while potentially removing personal blame and/or responsibility, designating a brain demented also threatens the individualism and autonomy of those ... More


Alone Together

Larry Kart

in Jazz in Search of Itself

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300104202
eISBN:
9780300128192
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300104202.003.0010
Subject:
Music, Theory, Analysis, Composition

This chapter describes how the men and women who make jazz are just like everyone else in a number of ways, and how they form a group apart—no matter how varied their individual humanity. ... More


Creating Conventions

Joseph C. Ewoodzie Jr.

in Break Beats in the Bronx: Rediscovering Hip-Hop's Early Years

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9781469632759
eISBN:
9781469632773
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469632759.003.0004
Subject:
Society and Culture, Cultural Studies

If Part One of this book described the beginnings of a new entity, this second part describes how it coalesced. If the former showed how sites of difference developed and how proto-boundaries formed, ... More


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