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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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Social science which engages with the real world

Social science which engages with the real world

(p.225) Twenty-Seven Social science which engages with the real world
Sociologists' Tales

Anthony Heath

Andrea Scott

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In this chapter, Anthony Heath is interviewed by Andrea Scott about his life as a sociologist. He describes how he was drawn to sociology because it is concerned with ‘real world problems’, sparked in part by his up-bringing in the North East of England where he observed the effects of the mine closures. The injustices of social inequality are described as a key driver in his pursuit of sociology and the many ways which sociology can contribute to scholarship on this are discussed. The importance of good theoretical knowledge for research practice and ‘luck’ in a career are also explored.

Keywords:   social inequality, sociological theory, quantitative and qualitative methods, career trajectory

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