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Sociologists' Tales: Contemporary narratives on sociological thought and practice

Katherine Twamley, Mark Doidge, and Andrea Scott


Sociologists’ Tales presents the narratives of 33 UK sociologists from different generations, many internationally recognised, writing about what sociology means to them. The different tales together reveal the changing context of sociology and how this has shaped the authors’ practice. Providing a valuable insight into why sociology is so fascinating, it gives advice to those wanting to study or develop a career in sociology reflecting on why the contributors chose their career, how they have managed to do it and what advice they would offer the next generation. This unique volume provides an ... More

Keywords: sociology, sociological career, advice, early career

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9781447318668
Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2015 DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447318668.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Katherine Twamley, editor
University College London

Mark Doidge, editor
University of Brighton

Andrea Scott, editor
University of Chile

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Mark Doidge, Katherine Twamley and Andrea Scott

Part 1 What can sociology do?

Two Why sociology?

Mark Featherstone

Four Why sociology matters

Anthony Giddens

Seven Pushing at the boundaries of the discipline

Sasha Roseneil in conversation with Katherine Twamley

Nine On the right-of-way

Judith Burnett

Ten Living sociology

Les Back conversation with Katherine Twamley

Part 2 What does it mean to be a sociologist?

Sixteen Sociology

Paul Hodkinson

Part 3 How does one become a sociologist?

Twenty-One A long haul

Berry Mayall

Twenty-Two Putting sociology to work in the NHS

Jocelyn Cornwell in conversation with Mark Doidge

Twenty-Five Tales from the field

Carol McNaughton Nicholls

Twenty-Seven Social science which engages with the real world

Anthony Heath in conversation with Andrea Scott

Thirty-Two Following my star

Jeffrey Weeks in conversation with Andrea Scott