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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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‘I am a sociologist’; but what exactly is a sociologist and how do you become one?

‘I am a sociologist’; but what exactly is a sociologist and how do you become one?

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(p.129) Fifteen ‘I am a sociologist’; but what exactly is a sociologist and how do you become one?
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Sociologists' Tales
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Claire Maxwell

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447318668.003.0015

This chapter examines how the author’ s journey into ‘ sociology’ and her particular institutional location has shaped the ways in which she understands the discipline and the efforts she has made to position herself within ‘ sociology’, but also various sub-fields within it. The piece also explores how ‘ the rules of the game’ within the Academy today could be understood and reflects on the efforts made by the author to play by these rules in an attempt to forge a ‘ career’. However, the chapter also emphasizes the affective flows that have informed the author’ s journey and how critical these have been in sustaining her desire to be a sociologist and an academic.

Keywords:   sociologist, affect, university, performativity

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