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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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Living sociology

Living sociology

Chapter:
(p.83) Ten Living sociology
Source:
Sociologists' Tales
Author(s):

Les Back

Katherine Twamley

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447318668.003.0010

In this interview Les Back reviews the opportunities and limitations faced by sociologists working today. Reflecting on his own research career he explores his key intellectual influences including the writing of American sociologist C Wright Mills as well as urban ethnographers like Michael Young who were inspired by the anthropological tradition. Back outlines his vision of live sociology that is charactered here through a commitment to sociable dialogue, vital modes of sociological representation and a public orientation to doing research. Here sociology is not just an intellectual method of understanding society but a way to live and train an attentiveness to the social world.

Keywords:   live sociology, dialogue, public sociology, sociological imagination

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