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Sociologists' TalesContemporary narratives on sociological thought and practice$
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Katherine Twamley, Mark Doidge, and Andrea Scott

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781447318668

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447318668.001.0001

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The sociologist as voyeur

The sociologist as voyeur

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(p.17) One The sociologist as voyeur
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Sociologists' Tales
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Liza Schuster

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447318668.003.0001

Liza Schuster reflects on the emotional labour involved in conducting ethnographies among vulnerable populations. She notes that the data do not speak for themselves, so that there is an obligation to provide sociological analyses. Citing Stan Cohen and John Solomos, she suggests that academic analyses and activism can go together and the politics in which any sociological issue is embedded should not be forgotten.

Keywords:   emotional labour, ethnography, sociological imagination, boundaries

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