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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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Growing up as a sociologist in rural Shropshire

Growing up as a sociologist in rural Shropshire

(p.71) Eight Growing up as a sociologist in rural Shropshire
Sociologists' Tales

John D Brewer

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This chapter places an interest in sociology in its biographical context and stresses its role as a life enhancing and life changing discipline, one able to inform us about society and change the lives of those who study it. It addresses the emancipatory role of sociology teaching and research. C Wright Mills’s writings on the sociological imagination and Michael Burawoy’s work on public sociology are referenced as models by which new generations of sociologists might conceive the public and personal role of sociology. The personal commitments to a career in sociology intersect with the difficulties young sociologists face in the labour market to affect career paths but the discipline can be transformative for those willing to pursue this ambition.

Keywords:   public sociology, emancipatory sociology, British Sociological Association, C Wright Mills, Michael Burawoy

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