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- DescriptionOne of French writer Georges Perec's most famous pieces, I Remember , consists of 480 numbered paragraphs - each just a few short lines recalling a memory from his childhood. The work has neither a beginning r an end, r does it contain any analysis. But it netheless reveals profound truths about French society during the 1940s and '50s. Taking Perec's book as its cue, Telling About Society explores the unconventional ways we communicate what we kw about society to others. The third in distinguished teacher Howard S. Becker's best-selling series of writing guides for social scientists, the book explores the many ways kwledge about society can be shared and interpreted through different forms of telling - fiction, films, photographs, maps, even mathematical models - many of which remain outside the boundaries of conventional social science. Eight case studies, including the photographs of Walker Evans, the plays of George Bernard Shaw, the vels of Jane Austen and Italo Calvi, and the sociology of Erving Goffman, provide convincing support for Becker's argument: that every way of telling about society is perfect - for some purpose. The trick is, as Becker tes, to discover what purpose is served by doing it this way rather than that. With Becker's trademark humor and eminently practical advice, Telling About Society is an ideal guide for social scientists in all fields and for anyone interested in communicating kwledge in unconventional ways.
- Author BiographyHoward S. Becker lives and works in San Francisco. He is the author of several books, including Outsiders, Writing for Social Scientists, and Tricks of the Trade, the latter two published by the University of Chicago Press.
- Author(s)Howard Saul Becker
- PublisherThe University of Chicago Press
- Date of Publication16/10/2007
- SubjectSociology & Anthropology: Professional
- Series TitleChicago Guides to Writing, Editing and Publishing
- Place of PublicationChicago, IL
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of Chicago Press
- Content Note10 halftones, 15 line drawings
- Weight518 g
- Width150 mm
- Height223 mm
- Spine24 mm
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