- Title Pages
- One The sociologist as voyeur
- Two Why sociology?
- Three Sociology as a science/technology of freedom
- Four Why sociology matters
- Five Passion, curiosity and integrity
- Six Sociology as democratic knowledge
- Seven Pushing at the boundaries of the discipline
- Eight Growing up as a sociologist in rural Shropshire
- Nine On the right-of-way
- Ten Living sociology
- Eleven Sociology for some, someone’s sociology…
- Twelve Imagining social science
- Thirteen From accidental to ambitious sociology
- Fourteen Sociographer by design? Boundary crossings and interdisciplinarity
- Fifteen ‘I am a sociologist’; but what exactly is a sociologist and how do you become one?
- Sixteen Sociology
- Seventeen Drift, opportunity and commitment
- Eighteen A passion for empirical sociology
- Nineteen Me, myself and sociology
- Twenty Turning to the psychosocial
- Twenty-One A long haul
- Twenty-Two Putting sociology to work in the NHS
- Twenty-Three Clinging to the precipice
- Twenty-Four The pursuit of a sociological career overseas and the navigation of an outsider perspective
- Twenty-Five Tales from the field
- Twenty-Six What sociology means to me
- Twenty-Seven Social science which engages with the real world
- Twenty-Eight A sporting chance? Notes on an ongoing career in the sociology of sport
- Twenty-Nine Sociology: involvement and detachment
- Thirty A career spent orbiting sociology
- Thirty-One Researching children’s lives
- Thirty-Two Following my star
- Thirty-Three ‘The epoch of belief…the epoch of incredulity’
- Recommended readings
- Resources for readers
Turning to the psychosocial
Turning to the psychosocial
drawing on sociology to address societal issues
- (p.171) Twenty Turning to the psychosocial
- Sociologists' Tales
- Policy Press
This chapter argues for a psychosocial perspective where the psychic and the sociostructural are understood as inextricably linked. It documents a move from a traditionally psychological focus as the result of engagement with sociological issues to a psychosocial one, encompassing sociological and psychological perspectives. The chapter makes three suggestions that new sociologists might like to consider. The first is that it is important to recognise that no one discipline can provide all the tools, insights, and methodologies necessary to studying sociological questions. The second is that it is as important to attend to methodological issues as the topic being studied since these are interlinked. The third is that it continues to be crucial to try to understand how agency and structure (or individual and society to put it another way) are always at play in social life and research.
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